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Year 5 Aztec Homework Project

Published Sunday, May 09, 2010.

Starting Monday 10th May. Projects due on Monday 7th June (just in time for Aztec day!)

After your projects are due in we will have three weeks until the end of term to share what everybody has learnt with the class.

For the next four weeks, Monday and Wednesday homework times should be spent on Aztec activities. You will need to use your time wisely, first of all have a think about what areas of Aztec life interest you, and what projects you think you will enjoy getting involved in. The Snaith primary school website is a good place to start your research.

Some of you might want to work on these projects independently and some of you might have parents who want to get involved. Both are good ways to work, and as long as you have taken care over your projects I will be proud of what you produce, whether you have had any help or not. If you want to work on a project in pairs we will need to think carefully about how we are going to organise this. You will have some time in class over the next few weeks to research and work on your projects.

Make and Talk

The following options are all art and craft activities that focus on an aspect of Aztec life. If you choose one of these you will need to spend sometime making and sometime getting ready to talk to the class about what you have made, and about what this tells us about Aztec life. You could present to the class with the help of a powerpoint or a poster, but you don’t have to. The most important thing is that you are ready to talk to the class about an aspect of Aztec life for three minutes. You will need to prepare and practice this! Choose one option from the list below. If your have your own idea for something different check with me first! A good model with a presentation for the class should take about four weeks. If you have time to spare you can chose one of the shorter tasks.

  • Make a model of the Aztec capital city, Tenochtitlan.
  • Make an Aztec head-dress like one that would have been worn by the Aztec ruler, The Great Speaker.
  • Make a model of an Aztec temple.
  • Make an Aztec warrior’s helmet like one that would have been worn by a jaguar or eagle knight.
  • Make a model with a traditional Aztec costume on.
  • Make a mask of an Aztec god.
  • Make a model of an Aztec priest knife (that would be used for human sacrifice).
  • Make the Aztec board game Patoli.
  • Make a model of an Aztec musical instrument.

Shorter Tasks

You may not want to take on a making activity. If so you can choose from one of the options below. I would expect four of these to be completed over the four weeks, but of course if you want to you may do more! These will also need to be shared with the class. If you chose to do a few of the shorter tasks it would be nice if you could keep them together in a folder or scrap book. Any writing can be presented as creatively as you want!

  • Create an Aztec word search or crossword.
  • Make an Aztec quiz for the rest of the class.
  • Make an Aztec codex that shows a part of Aztec life. A good idea for this could be the founding myth of the city of Tenochtitlan.
  • Write your own Aztec myth.
  • Create a poster about an aspect of Aztec life.
  • Write a newspaper report on a human sacrifice.
  • Design a tourist brochure on the Aztec Empire, use pictures and be persuasive in your writing to encourage people to visit.
  • Write a biography of the Aztec Great Speaker, Montezuma II or Hernando Cortes, the Spanish conquistador. This could be presented as a power point.
  • Imagine you are an Aztec child. Write diary entry describing your day.
  • Imagine you are a Spanish soldier. Write about your impressions of the Aztec people and the city of Tenochtitlan. 
  • Write newspaper report about the invasion of the Conquistadors. Use pictures and photos to embellish.

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