Ancient cultures - Aztecs

Image: Mexico-3959 - Aztec Greenstone Mask by Dennis Jarvis on Flickr

The Aztecs were an advanced civilisation in what is now modern day Mexico. Mexico City is built over the ruins of the Aztec city Tenochtitlan. It is only recently that we have been able to decipher Aztec writing and discover more about them. SCIS 1698157


Ancient Scripts

Discusses writing systems from Ancient Civilisations, with a comprehensive section on the Aztec system of writing.

Suggested level:  intermediate, secondary
www.ancientscripts.com/aztec.html


Aztec History

Explores life in the Aztec empire. Headings link to detailed information on topics such as religion, pyramids, calendars and Aztec warriors.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.aztec-history.com/


Aztec Indians

Well organised site covering Aztec daily life, culture, religion, and warriors. Links take you to more in-depth information.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.aztec-indians.com/


Aztecs for kids – The awesome Aztecs

Facts about the Aztecs presented in a child friendly way. Contains some advertising.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://aztecs.mrdonn.org/


Aztecs – Woodland history homework help

This UK homework site has been created by teachers. Uses simple language and has safe links to other relevant sites.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/aztecs.html


BBC Bitesize

You can either search BBC Bitesize using the search function or by subjects and levels according to the British education system. Provides videos on a range of Aztec cultures, customs with levels indicated.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z9yc7ty


Many Answers

To discover information on the homework site Many Answers, use the search terms ‘Aztecs’ and ‘Aztec Civilisation’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


EPIC

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers comprehensive information on Aztecs. For secondary students, the EPIC database World History in Context is a good place to start. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The goldsmith’s daughter by Tanya Landman, 2008 (YA fiction)
Jaguar warrior by Sandy Fussell, 2010 (junior fiction)

Video

Discovery atlas-Aztec monolith Youtube 2.22
http://history.howstuffworks.com/aztec-videos-playlist.htm

The innovation of Aztec architecture Youtube 5.45
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY5rVgTxU-k