Aztec civilization primary resource
Learn about how the Aztecs excelled at farming and agriculture, and what made them such good warriors
This History primary resource introduces children to Aztec civilization. Discover fascinating facts about Aztec life. How did the Aztecs live? Where were they found? What were they known for?
Pupils will learn about how the Aztecs excelled at farming and agriculture, and what made them such good warriors in our National Geographic Kids’ Aztec primary resource sheet. The resource includes information on: Aztec gods, rulers, priests, temples, the Aztec empire and Aztec calendars.
The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for evaluating evidence and archeological artifacts, as a printed handout for each pupil to review and annotate, or for display on the interactive whiteboard using the images included in the resource for class discussion.
Activity: Ask children to choose one of the subheadings in the resource and use the information and their own research to create their own comic strip based on that topic, like the Life as an Aztec comic. They could also design their own Aztec calendar in the style of the colourful patterned design in the resource sheet. Children could also complete the Aztec puzzles.
N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Key Stage 2 History objective from the National Curriculum:
- the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
- A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900–1300
This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Social Studies Second level objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:
- I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence
- I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences
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