Along the Silk Road: People, Interaction, and Cultural Exchange: A social studies unit recommended for grades 6-10. Developed by The China Project, Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). 1993.
Economics and Geography Lessons: The Silk Route from Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland). A detailed lesson plan for grades 3-5 based on material in The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History by John S. Major with illustrations by Stephen Fieser (Harper Collins, USA, 1995). This site has a large selection of social study lesson plans.
Was the Silk Road the Internet Highway of the Ancient World?: A unit intended mainly for secondary school, including a good lesson plan, a short text to read ("A Merchant's Tale") and four helpful maps. This is part of the American Forum for Global Education China Project, which may include other materials useful for teaching about the Silk Road.
Teaching about Inner Asia ERIC Digest discusses reasons for learning about Inner Asia, how to include Inner Asia in the curriculum, and strategies for teaching.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is an international environmental science and education partnership involving. The students collect data which are used in their own research activities and also by scientists around the world. In Kazahstan, there are 47 schools involved.
Crayola.com has a Kazakhstan flag/map, Mongolian Herders' Homes (yurt), and a picture of St. Basil's Cathedral.
Rainbow Kids now has a coloring section; includes a map, a few cultural pictures, and a flag ornament.
Kultura, a quarterly newsletter for kids adopted from Eastern Europe. This is a subscription, mailed out, newsletter that started in December 2006. It is published by DRT Press, who specialize in adoption and Eastern Europe.
Snow Leopards by Nicole Poppenhager, ages 4-8, published October 2006, "This picture book combines fact with fiction as the author presents the life of two young snow leopards. The siblings' mountain terrain is harsh and their daily forays into the ice and snow make hunting especially challenging. On one particular venture with their mother, Simi is lost in an avalanche. Alone and exhausted, he is able to drag himself to safety, but worries about how he'll ever locate his family. Siri continues to look for her brother, but a hunter's trap impedes her search. Eventually, they are reunited. This story is filled with details of the animals' existence, and its lovely, soft-focus artwork depicting their home and environment are lively and dramatic. An informative endnote gives additional facts about this endangered species.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information."
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen, published June 1996. "When Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and, possibly, to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard, he undertook his five-week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the high passes. This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a "true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart."
Central Asian Gateway from the UN Development Program; poverty reduction, health, education, environment, civil society, democratic governance.
SOS Children's Villages in Kazakhstan. "SOS Children's Villages provide orphaned and destitute children - regardless of race, nationality and creed - a new and permanent home, preparing them for an independent life as adults. In more than 131 countries SOS Children's Villages family is still considered to be the best alternative to the conventional orphanage system." In Almaty, Astana and Temirtau.
Soros Foundation is a public, non-governmental, charity organization. "The main goal of the Foundation is to assist the process of open society establishing and developing in the Republic of Kazakhstan." In Russian and Kazakh.
Asian Development Board activities and programs in Kazakhstan. "ADB is a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific."
USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in Kazakhstan. Links, country profile, overview of USAID focus, contacts.
American International Health Alliance is an organization that establishes partnerships between health care entities in the US and foreign countries. Current ones in Kazakhstan are: Astana/Pittsburgh, Almaty/Richmond VA, Semey/Houston, and Almaty/Tucson.
Catholic Church in Kazakhstan; links to dioceses in Astana (parishes: Astana, Kamyshenka, Makinsk, Pavlodar, Shuchinsk), Almaty (parishes: 2 in Almaty, Kapshagau, Talgar, Taldikorgan, Taraz, and Shimkent), Atyrau, and Karaganda (Temirtau, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Balchash, Zhezkazgan).