Here are some recommended online resources for KS2 teachers and pupils looking to learn more about the Aztec civilization and history:
1. Historyworld A-Z: Aztecs (www.historyworld.net/)
This website provides a comprehensive guide to the history of the Aztecs, including details of their rituals, warfare, the Spanish conquest, and the fall of their empire. However, younger children may find the language challenging and some content may be too graphic.
2. Mexicolore (www.mexicolore.co.uk/index.php?one=azt)
This education team provides a wealth of information ranging from artefacts, stories, poetry, music, a photo gallery and calendar, and ideas for art and craft activities. Also, there is an "ask an expert" bank of questions and answers.
3. Nettlesworth School Time Capsule: Aztecs (www.nettlesworth.durham.sch.uk/time/aztec.html)
This resource contains useful biographical details of prominent Aztec figures, such as Montezuma and Cortés. An illustrated page about the daily life of the Aztecs gives students a glimpse into their culture while photographs of art and craft produced by Nettlesworth School children provide ideas for creative activities.
4. Primary Resources (www.primaryresources.co.uk)
The site features a collection of teacher-produced resources, including a six-session scheme of work with learning objectives and key questions, a seven-week scheme, and an assessment test. There is also a drama activity, an Aztec gods presentation, and a quiz in the style of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
5. Aztecs (www.aztecs.org.uk/)
This helpful website provides a glimpse into Aztec culture, such as diet, clothing, social structure, and Aztec gods and treasures. A glossary of terms is provided.
6. Snaith Primary School (http://home.freeuk.com/elloughton13/aztecs.htm)
This user-friendly site provides worksheets, teacher’s notes, quizzes, and stimuli for creative writing.
7. ThinkQuest Library (http://library.thinkquest.org/27981/)
This well-organized site provides information on Aztec religion, culture, technology, rulers and conquests.
In addition to these resources, Someday Angeline by Louis Sachar is a recommended book for children aged 8-11. The story follows Angeline, an eight-year-old genius who struggles socially and emotionally in sixth grade and must take desperate measures to deal with a bigoted teacher. The book depicts unconventional characters whose rich inner worlds and capacity for shared happiness contrast with the narrow-minded and self-centred outlook of those around them.