- Easier - Aztecs
were a wandering Native American tribe who came to
Mexico during the 13th century. There they built a
great civilization including cities, pyramids, and
temples. In 1519 Spanish conquistadors arrived in
Mexico and defeated the Aztecs.
- Harder - Aztec
comes from the word Azteca, which is derived from
Aztlán ("White Land"). Aztlán is
believed to have been the northwestern region of
today's Mexico. Aztlán is the land where,
according to Aztec tradition, their tribe
originated. According to Aztec legend at the
beginning of the 12th century until the 13th
century, the Aztec peoples migrated south to the
Valley of Mexico in search of a place to
- By the 1400's and into the early 1500's, the
Aztecs had established one of the most advanced
civilizations in the Americas. Some of their cities
at that time were as large as any in Europe. Aztec
peoples practiced a religion that affected every
part of their lives. To honor their gods, they
constructed towering temples, huge sculptures, and
held ceremonies that included bloody human
sacrifices. The Aztec empire was destroyed by the
Spaniards, who conquered it in 1521. But the Aztecs
have made a lasting mark on Mexican culture.
- Here you find information about the Aztecs and
links to several other related websites.
Ancient Aztecs (TrackStar, grade
- This website has photos of temples, sculptures
and glyphs,eyewitness accounts of ritual human
sacrifice, poems in Nahuatl -- the language of the
Aztecs (translated to English),an extensive listing
of the gods and goddesses worshiped, and more.
- This essay is an interesting history of the
- Read descriptions of the history, religion,
economy, society, and writings of this culture that
dominated the Valley of Mexico in the fifteenth and
- After exploring Aztec cultures through
some of the resources provided, complete
one or more of these projects.
- Create A Timeline of the Aztec
Culture. After visiting websites like
Aztec and Mexica:
Aztecs, create a timeline that
identifies and dates the important events
of Aztec history.
- Write An Aztec Story. Find out
what Aztec life was like at The
Ancient Aztecs, and other websites.
See if you can find out what they ate,
what their houses were like, and what
typical activities they had. Then write a
short story featuring the daily life of an
- Draw Aztec Art. Create a
drawing or painting that focuses on some
part of Aztec life or history. You may
want to include the people and their
clothing. You might feature a dwelling, or
village, or their temple. Your artwork
could focus on the different agriculture
methods that Aztec farmers employed; slash
and burn, terracing, hanging gardens, etc.
Or you might focus on their village life
showing crafts, trade, and religion.
- Complete An Aztec WebQuest.
Adapt or follow the procedures found at
one of the following webQuest sites. You
may find the links on the page are no
longer active; however, the links below
will provide plenty of online resources.
- 1) Searching for the Aztecs
- 2) The Aztec Adventure http://www.umeedu.maine.edu/coehd/aztec/
- 3) Aztecs: The Conquest by Monica
- Websites By Kids For Kids
- Here are student reports and artwork on the
- A few people may mistake the Mayas for Aztecs.
This website explains how the Aztecs built their
holy temples, houses, the Emperor's palace, as well
as a very religious temple.
Aztec World With Mr. Burnett
- Internet links, activities, research, and
- The website includes information about Aztec
rulers, daily life, technology, culture, religion,
the Spanish conquest, and has a timeline, glossary,
web links, and bibliography.
from the Empires Past website
- Website provides information about the Aztecs
society and governmental structure, their
scientific advances in the areas of astronomy and
medicine, religion,and interest in the arts,
agriculture and social conditions of their time.
Also learn about Cortez and the Spanish conquest of
- More Aztec Websites
Account of the Conquest of Mexico
- In 1519 Hernan Cortés sailed from Cuba,
landed in Mexico, and made his way to the Aztec
capital. Here you can read accounts by the Aztecs
written shortly after the conquest.
Lessons Stories at Trek Teachers'
- Read Aztec myths about the founding of their
capital city: 'The Heart of Copil' and 'The Evil of
of Mexico/ The Aztecs
- The Aztecs were in Mexico in the 13th
- Get information on Aztec origins, lifestyles,
religion, mythology, and art.
Mirror: Conflict of the Gods
- This website describes Cortés'
expedition to Mexico beginning in 1519 and ending
with his conquest of the Aztecs in 1521.
Conquest of the Aztec Empire: Hernando Cortes
(University of Calgary)
- Here you can learn of Cortes and get
information about the conquest of the Aztecs.
- There is not just one Aztec calendar, there are
two more or less independent systems. A 365 day
calendar, called the xiuhpohualli, describes the
days and rituals related to the seasons,. The other
calendar has 260 days. In Nahuatl, the language of
the Aztecs, it is called the tonalpohualli or, in
English, the day-count. Most information on this
Internet-site refers to the tonalpohualli, which is
the sacred calendar.
Formation and Structure of the Aztec
- Here is a description of how the Aztecs viewed
their gods and the universe.
- Websites for Teachers
Aztec: Markets, Maize, and
- Lesson plan incorporates the Aztec unit,
quahuitl, in calculating perimeter and area.
Aztecs: From Aztlan to Tenochtitlan at Trek
- This website contains lesson plans for Mexico
Meet the Spanish (Grade 6-8)
- It is the year 1527 and an Independent Counsel
has been chosen by the Roman Catholic Church to
determine a policy for the Church toward future
exploration, conquest and conversion of the native
people of Mexico.
Mythology by Lorna Dils (Grade 4-5)
- This lesson on Aztec mythology provides an
understanding of the basics of the Aztec's
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Update by Nancy