Resources

Resources for schools & groups, kids & families and adults.

Includes activities, online learning programs, games, school resources, fact sheets and more. Some learning resources require the Adobe Flash Player which can be downloaded from www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer.

Some of these resources are specific to your museum visit experience. Please be aware that exhibition content may change and some elements of these resources may not apply at the time of your visit. If possible, we recommend a preliminary visit for School or Group visit co-ordinators, to inform your planning.


Resource List

  • Needs of Living Things - food (4584 KB) ppt document iconPowerPoint Presentation. Part 2 of 4. A unit of work covering Biological Science Understanding in the Australian Curriculum for Prep and Year 1, using the children’s picture book Down to Earth as a key resource
  • Needs of Living Things - shelter (5413 KB) ppt document iconPowerPoint Presentation. Part 3 of 4. A unit of work covering Biological Science Understanding in the Australian Curriculum for Prep and Year 1, using the children’s picture book Down to Earth as a key resource
  • Needs of Living Things - what I need (4210 KB) ppt document iconPowerPoint Presentation. Part 1 of 4. A unit of work covering Biological Science Understanding in the Australian Curriculum for Prep and Year 1, using the children’s picture book Down to Earth as a key resource
  • Needs of Living Things (word doc) (8125 KB) doc document iconThis booklet addresses the P-Year 1 biological sciences strand of the Australian Science curriculum. It looks at what humans and other animals need to survive and the features that assist with their survival.
  • Ninnarmee (Welcome Song): As told by Alex Bond10 of 11 Listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories about Queensland specimens such as the mussel shell, boobook owl, dolphin, swamp reeds, and djan’djaries.
  • Toy trainObject Analysis Junior (53 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s worksheets
    This a simplified object analysis activity sheets for students in lower primary; a page for animals and another for artefacts
  • On the wing: Exploring aspect ratio (9641 KB) pdf document iconExplore the features and adaptations that support and enhance the flight and survival of birds. In this resource, students calculate the aspect ratio of various wings from Queensland Museum's Mammals and Birds collection. Students then explore how aspect ratio influences the flight of birds, improving their chances of survival within their environment.
  • Opening weekend, Awakening: Stories from the Torres StraitVideo
    Watch the opening weekend celebrations including live performances as we launched our major exhibition, Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait.
  • Palaeontological Pursuits (132 KB) pdf document iconStudent worksheet; Teacher notes

    This is one of the educational resources from Queensland Museum’s online learning resource, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity. It contains a dinosaur footprint puzzle and an activity on how to make casts of dinosaur footprints.
  • Physics in the MuseumPhysics in the Museum (419 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    Explore the Museum exhibitions, looking for applications of physics in the objects on display. Look for applications that include: forces, Simple machines, work and energy, energy transformation, linear and rotational motion.
  • Plate Tectonics 1 Continental Drift (3640 KB) pdf document iconCan you imagine a 3 metre long amphibian walking through Brisbane?! Use fossil evidence from these prehistoric giants and other ancient life to identify how the continents have moved through time, and use this fossil evidence to recreate a map of Gondwana.
  • Plate Tectonics 2 Plate Tectonics and Australia (3770 KB) pdf document iconAustralia has moved over time, and is still moving! Work as a scientist to predict how the movement of the Australian plate would have influenced flora and fauna, and calculate the current movement of Australia as we drift north. Use your understanding of the continents and spatial awareness to solve a tectonic plate puzzle, and identify the geological features and events found at plate boundaries.
  • Plate Tectonics 3 Plate Boundaries (2569 KB) pdf document iconMonsters in the mountains, how did they get there? In this resource you are going to use mini Mars bars to examine the features and events that occur at plate boundaries, and discover how fossils can end up in unexpected places.
  • QM Talks ScienceBlog

    Read about interesting specimens, science curators’ research and new Australian Curriculum learning resources.
  • Queensland emblemsQueensland Emblems: Flora and Fauna Teacher Resource Booklet (1043 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Resource Book
    Teacher notes with additional information. This teacher resource book is designed to complement the Queensland Emblems: Flora and Fauna Kit which can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. Loans kits include objects, specimens, and other resources.
  • Rainy Day Rosie (4440 KB) ppt document iconAustralian Curriculum: Science aligned digital story for P-2 learners about water to develop understanding of the importance of water for all living things. A rainbow lorikeet wishes it would never rain again and her friend Rusty takes her on an adventure to show her how water is one of Earth’s precious resources. Rosie learns that without rain, all the water features of our landscape would not exist.
  • Recycling and the Australian Curriculum (8616 KB) pdf document iconThis resource contains images of actual recycling machinery and processes as well as details of hands-on activities and relevant Australian curriculum links. The activities demonstrate the scientific principles used in recycling as well as interesting ways to use recycled materials to explore other scientific concepts.
  • Shadowboxes: As told by Alex Bond11 of 11 Listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories about Queensland specimens such as the mussel shell, boobook owl, dolphin, swamp reeds, and djan’djaries.
  • Shell classification activity using a dichotomous key (3598 KB) pdf document iconLearn about classification by taking a trip to the beach! In this activity students use a dichotomous key to identify common Queensland seashells, and learn about the organisms that make shells. To complete this activity, teachers either need to borrow an Invertebrate Classification loans kit from the Queensland Museum, or download the associated shell flashcards, available on this website. More details, and links to the flashcards, can be found on page 2 of this document.
  • Shell classification activity using family plates (2834 KB) pdf document iconLearn about classification by taking a trip to the beach! In this activity students can view 20 photographic plates of common Queensland seashells, and interesting facts about these shell families. This resource can be used in many ways both in and outside the classroom. For example, students can use these plates to identify shells they have found, or to explore the similarities and differences of various shell families.
  • Shell flashcards for students (species not identified) (2963 KB) pdf document iconUse these cards to complete the “Shell Classification Using A Dichotomous Key” activity. These cards show pictures of shells that students identify using a dichotomous key. The species on these cards are not labelled; answers are provided in the “shell flashcards for teachers” file, available on this website.
  • Shell flashcards for teachers (species identified) (1912 KB) pdf document iconUse these cards to complete the “Shell Classification Using A Dichotomous Key” activity. These cards show the identities of the species on the student flashcards. Teachers can download these cards and compare them with student answers after the dichotomous key activity has been completed.
  • SkullsSkulls - How We Eat (52 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This handout complements the How We Eat kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. It contains a collection of bird and mammal skulls. The shape and characteristics of the skulls, teeth and beaks are related to the diet of the organism. The Skulls Kit Teacher and Student notes can be used with this resource.
  • SkullsSkulls - How We Survive (55 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This handout complements the How We Survive kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. It contains a collection of bird, mammal and reptile skulls. The shape and characteristics of the skulls, teeth and beaks are related to the diet and habitat of the organism. The Skulls Kit Teacher and Student notes can be used with this resource.
  • SkullsSkulls - Queensland Birds (54 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This handout complements the Skulls: Queensland Birds kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. It contains a collection of bird skulls. The shape of the skull and beak is related to the diet and habitat of the organism. The Skulls Kit Teacher and Student notes can be used with this resource.
  • SkullsSkulls - Queensland Mammals (53 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This handout complements the Skulls: Queensland Mammals kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. It contains a collection of mammal skulls. The shape of the skull and teeth is related to the diet and habitat of the organism. The Skulls Kit Teacher and Student notes can be used with this resource.
  • Spider HabitatThe Spider Habitat Game

    Many spiders live and wander around your house and garden. Do you know where to find them? In this game you are required to find 12 common spiders.

  • Squawks in the Night: Nocturnal Animals (5522 KB) ppt document iconAn Early Years teaching slideshow about nocturnal living things and how changes in the sky impact on the behaviour of living things. The content is intended to help deliver aspects of the Australian Curriculum: Biological Sciences – Year 1.
  • Fossil of Richmond PliosaurStates of Matter - Our Warming World (5543 KB) pdf document iconMatter can exist in different states, and behave differently depending on temperature. In this activity you will investigate how heat can affect the motion and arrangement of particles, and how this may impact our world.
  • Sustainable FuturesSustainable futures: Environmental controller (650 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes

    A teacher's guide to using an environmental controller and data logger. This Picaxe 18X based device can be programmed to store data onboard for later download or interfaced directly for real time monitoring of data.
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