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Water is Life
Water security is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. This lesson helps students understand issues, and take action. more
(Williams Afghan Media Project)
How Can Afghanistan Secure a Peaceful Future?
Students take a look back a the roots of conflict in order to recommend steps towards a more peaceful future. more
How did this Asian stone find its way to an African tomb thousands of years ago? (
Afghanistan: Is Geography Destiny?
Students assume the position of archaeologists as they investigate history and curate a museum exhibition. more
Modern statue of Aryabhata, astronomer and mathematician in ancient India. Photo: Mukerjee.
Indian Mathematical Achievements
Students will come to learn about Indian advancements in math and how they were affected by Indian culture and religion. Through cross-cultural analysis students will examine math and science advancements in India and other parts of the wo more
Pi was first published in the Sulba Sutra in 600 BCE.
Decimal System, Zero, and Pi
For math teachers to teach the history and importance of the decimal system, zero, and pi. more
Gauri and Prithvi: Nuclear South Asia
Help students understand tensions in South Asia that has led to a nuclear stand-off. Its complex issues and deep roots of conflict offer great material for students to weigh perspectives, role-play, and apply understanding to other foreign more
Art from Dunhuang showing a blend of artistic and cultural styles. Image: gongfu_king/
Comparative Religious Teachings
Students analyze translated texts from Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu and other religious books. more
For sale along the Silk Roads. What's your product? Image: Gusjer/
Trade in the Silk Road Cities
Students learn about the vast Eurasian trade network--and create a modern-day marketing plan to move products from China to the Middle East. Culture, economics, satellite mapping, "global street smarts" come together in this activity. more
Photo courtsey flickr/Khans'
Artha, which loosely translates as "getting ahead," is one of four goals of Hinduism. Students explore this concept using a translated political doctrine from 4th century B.C.E. and also through a story about a young boy. more
A Japanese American posted this banner on his store front the day after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and shortly before he was sent to an internment camp. (Dorthea Lange/National Archives)
Japanese American Internment
Asian Americans and U.S.-Asia Relations during World War II more