Cultures and Celebrations explains how groups of people from four different countries: Mexico, Italy, Japan, and Egypt have different ways of life, or cultures. While each of the four books focuses on a different group of people, its values, traditions, clothing, food, and celebrations, the same key concepts are developed across all four books to help students focus on the big ideas. The theme explores how cultural practices bring people together. Students use the specific content and vocabulary within each book to discuss and examine these big ideas, or Key Concepts. The Theme Set Program is designed for differentiated instruction. Each Theme includes four books written at four different reading levels.
About the Author
James A. Shymansky, Ph.D. is an E. Desmond Lee Professor of Science Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He currently directs the "Science Cooperatives Project," a five-year NSF systemic reform effort involving 1,200 elementary school teachers from 36 school districts in rural Missouri and Iowa. He has authored an elementary science textbook series and a K-12 science review series. He has also authored more than 100 research publications, book chapters, and monographs on elementary school science. He is the past editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and currently senior editor of the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education and President-elect of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.