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Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children April 2019

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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1. Australia is not considered an island. By definition, an island must be surrounded by water and smaller than a continent. Therefore, Greenland is the world’s largest island. 2. Lemurs are fascinating animals. They are only found in the wild on the island of Madagascar off the southeast coast of Africa. Most of the 100 lemur species are facing extinction. 3. Rising sea levels are threatening the Maldives. Located in the Indian Ocean, this island nation is the flattest country in the world. The country has built sea walls and relocated buildings and roads to combat flooding. 4. Several of the world’s islands are overrun by animals. You can swim with swine at Pig Beach in the Bahamas or feed the felines of one of Japan’s cat islands. 5. Sixteen bridges connect Manhattan Island…

types of islands

If that is true, the opposite of an island would be a lake, right? Continental Island: An island that was once connected to a nearby continent. Tidal Island: A continental island that becomes an island only during high tide. Oceanic Island: Unlike a continental island, this type is not associated with any land mass. They are typically found in the middle of the ocean. All oceanic islands have a foundation of volcanic rock. Barrier Island: Long, narrow islands that lie parallel to the coastline and are separated from the mainland by shallow sounds, bays, or lagoons. Commonly found along the eastern coast of North America. Coral Island: Islands formed by the secretions of billions of tiny sea creatures called corals. Artificial Island: A man-made island.…

ten little, nine little, eight little lemurs . . .

The 100 species of lemurs in the world are found in the wild in only one small area of Earth, the African island of Madagascar and nearby Comoro Islands. They live in many habitats, from dry deciduous forests to rainforests to mountains. “Lemurs don’t just come in lots of shapes, sizes and colors; they range from adorable to eerie, curious to cantankerous and stubborn to resourceful.”-Lemur expert Jonah Ratsimbazafy Lemurs belong to a group called primates that includes monkeys, apes, and humans. They are very social creatures that live in troops (groups) of six to 30 animals led by a female. Researchers report with a chuckle that the dominant females sometimes snatch fruit from their mates, whack them in the heads, and shove them out of the best sleeping spots at night.…

what is an island?

There are so many islands in the world that no one has managed to count them all. Sweden, the country with the most islands, has more than 20,000. Most of them are uninhabited. To be considered an island, an area of land must be surrounded by water and must be smaller than a continent. For that reason, Australia is not considered an island. There are six major types of islands. Greenland, the world’s largest island, is a continental island. Continental islands were once connected to nearby continents. They are usually located in shallow seas off the coast of large landmasses. Some continental islands were formed when shifting continents broke apart millions of years ago. Others formed when glaciers melted and caused sea levels to rise and low-lying areas to flood. Tidal islands are…

galapagos islands: where rare wildlife meets scientific discovery

The Galapagos Islands sit at the crossroads of three major ocean currents, in an area where deep, nutrient-rich water upwells (rises) to the surface. Isolated from the South American continent, the islands are a hotspot of biodiversity. Some of the species can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. These unique animals inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. GEE, OH. . . GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY The Galapagos Islands are a group of 19 volcanic islands located on a tectonic plate. They are about 600 miles west of Ecuador. Intense heat caused by the movement of the plate leads to eruptions, which create new volcanoes, which become new islands. The volcanoes continue to erupt to this day. RARE WILDLIFE The Galapagos Islands are home to more than 2,900 known species of fish, invertebrates,…

madagascar: the one-of-a-kind island

Madagascar is unlike any other island in the world. It is located in the Indian Ocean just off the southeastern coast of Africa. It is one of the most interesting places on Earth because of its history, diversity, and culture. reef system in the world. The Toliara coral reef is located off the southwestern coast of Madagascar. It is one of a very few places where the coelacanth, a 400-million-year-old fish species, can be found. The reefs also are home to at least 13 species of sharks, four species of sea turtles, and 11 species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises). It is an active breeding habitat for humpback whales. Rare sightings of the critically endangered blue whales occur in waters near the shore. The national sport is rugby, but football…