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

  • A Fossil Community (55 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. The aim is to infer from fossils, the changes in populations and habitats over time. Changes over time at the Mt Etna site, near Rockhampton, are examined.
  • Adaptations Teaching Unit (1336 KB) pdf document icon[Australian Curriculum] Teacher Notes and Student worksheets, units and lesson plans
    This unit focuses on the adaptations of organisms and is linked to the Australian Science Curriculum. It covers a term teaching unit with lesson plans, student worksheets, and assessment instruments.
  • Additional support materials for QM Loans kits (78 KB) pdf document iconCurriculum-related support materials for QM Loans learning resource kits
  • Sustainable environmentsAnimal survival on Stradbroke Island (578 KB) pdf document iconTeacher's notes
    A study of how some of the animals found on Stradbroke Island survive their environment. This activity uses the specimens in the Sun Sand Salt and Survival kits available for borrowing from QM loans.
  • Backyard Explorer Data Collation Sheet (1100 KB) xls document iconStudent’s notes

    This data spreadsheet tool can be used to collate data from a collection event. You can enter and record location data, abiotic conditions and population counts of invertebrate orders.
  • Backyard Explorer Data Collation Sheet (Sample) (1080 KB) xls document iconStudent's notes (.xls Excel spreadsheet)

    This data spreadsheet tool can be used to collate data from a collection event. This a sheet with some sample data entered to a give an overview of how it can be used.
  • Backyard Explorer Data Collation User Manual (2259 KB) pdf document iconTeacher's notes

    This manual guides the user to setup and enter data on the data collation tool spreadsheet. The manual includes screen shots and explanatory notes on how each data sheet is used. There is a troubleshooting guide for each sheet.
  • Backyard Explorer Leader's Guide (1239 KB) pdf document iconTeacher's notes

    This guide provides teachers with an outline on how to construct biodiversity assessments of sites in the school area. A case study example is used to help guide the process. There are also detailed guides on constructing pitfall traps as well as handy tips for identification of insects to order level.
  • Backyard Explorer User's Guide (1346 KB) pdf document iconStudent’s notes

    In this ecological study, you will find out what native animals and habitats are found in your schoolyard, and make a digital story about them. The study utilises collection and data analysis methodologies used by Queensland Museum scientists. Associated resources can be found on the Learning Place as the virtual field trip room Wild Backyards. Schools across Queensland are invited to join this project to add to the richness of the data collected.
  • Biodiscovery & the Great Barrier ReefOnline learning resource

    Discover the beauty and uniqueness of the Great Barrier Reef and its creatures. Investigate how human activities and climate change are affecting the reef.

    Teacher Resource Booklet (PDF, 2.4MB)
  • Biodiscovery and the Great Barrier Reef Teacher Resource Booklet (2423 KB) pdf document iconTeacher notes, Student worksheets, Activity sheets, Hands-on activities

    This is a 56 page booklet from the online learning resource Biodiscovery and the Great Barrier Reef. It contains activities, structured discussions, investigations, projects, criteria sheets and many more resources.
  • Nic HadnuttThe Last Days of Burke and Wills – the discoveriesVideo
    Watch and listen to the recent findings of archaeological fieldwork which recovered a number of artefacts from a remote Queensland site. Is this evidence from the last days of Burke and Wills? Presented as part of the Our Story Your Story talk series at Queensland Museum South Bank.
  • CatchmentsCatchments Teacher Resource Booklet (593 KB) pdf document iconTeacher resource book
    Teacher notes and activities for student investigations. This teacher resource book is designed to assist with a study of local waterways. It contains information on local weed species; riparian vegetation; macro-invertebrates; and how water quality affects species distribution.
  • Celebration of CultureOnline learning resource

    This resource looks at some special cultural objects from the museum’s Chinese, Italian, and Papua New Guinea collections. After reading stories about the objects and how they were used, you can play a game in which you become an assistant curator and create a virtual museum exhibition.
  • Cleaning by Chemical Reaction Year 10 (4024 KB) pdf document iconLearn how Museum Conservators clean silver artefacts using chemistry instead of abrasive polishing which removes a layer of silver from the object. The knowledge of materials and chemical science is applied to prevent deterioration and damage, and to treat objects in order to retain and preserve an items ascribed values. In this activity students clean a piece of silverware using the Electrolysis of Silver technique which covers redox reactions, reactivity of metals, rates of reaction, catalyst, and presence of an electrolyte. Electrochemical reaction, electrolysis of silver, year 10 chemical reactions, cleaning using chemical reaction
  • Coloured Glasses (329 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - instructions

    The world is a colourful place but what happens if some of that coloured light becomes blocked?

    Have fun discovering the science in our world with this simple hands-on activity.

    Requires Coloured Glasses template.
  • Coloured Glasses template (22 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities - template

    The world is a colourful place but what happens if some of that coloured light becomes blocked?

    Have fun discovering the science in our world with this simple hands-on activity.

    Requires Coloured Glasses instructions.
  • Coral Reef Ecosystems (9144 KB) pdf document iconCorals are the foundation of the coral reef ecosystem. These extraordinary animals acquire energy in two different ways: they can eat other organisms, and they can also capture energy from the sun. In this resource you will explore how surface area and volume affect the productivity of corals, and how energy flows through a coral reef ecosystem.
  • Cornflour slime (140 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities

    Liquids are everywhere but can you hit a liquid?

    Have fun discovering the science in our world with this simple hands-on activity.
  • Sustainable environmentsCreating a natural history exhibition (748 KB) pdf document iconTeacher's notes

    Creating a natural history exhibition is a guide to creating a natural history exhibition on human impacts on native populations. A case study of the koala in urban environments is presented.
  • Dinosaur Details (172 KB) pdf document iconStudent worksheet

    This is one of the educational resources from Queensland Museum’s online learning resource, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity. It looks at how dinosaurs are named; dinosaur classification; and the characteristics of some of our Australian dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaur Jigsaw (403 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. There are two dinosaur puzzles to complete, an easy version and a more challenging one.
  • Illustration of a prehistoric environmentDinosaurs, Climate Change and BiodiversityOnline learning resource

    Investigate the latest dinosaurs discovered in outback Queensland and theories on dinosaur extinction. Games, activities, fact sheets, and teacher and student resources are included.

    Teacher Resources
  • Disease DetectivesOnline learning resource

    Join museum scientist Dr Rob Adlard in his role of investigating the cause and life cycle of QX disease in oysters. You can listen to an oyster farmer explain the problem, visit ‘Dr Rob’s’ virtual lab and undertake an oyster dissection just like the experts do. Case studies, teacher resources and an interactive PCR game help students understand how ‘the disease detective’ undertakes his work.
  • Eco-OnlineOnline learning resource

    The Eco-Online Couran Cove case study discusses vital issues about the environment, the tourism industry and sustainability. Using these resources, your students will be able to analyse how relevant these topics are in their own lives and environments.

    This case study is supported by two resource kits available for borrowing from QM Loans.

    The Eco-online Nova Scotia case study explores the importance of biodiversity and features a research project on forests in Nova Scotia. Your students can discuss issues of sustainability, pollution and conservation and investigate biodiversity in their local environment.
  • Energy and ChangeEnergy and Change Machines Challenge (967 KB) pdf document iconUnit and Lesson Plan

    This unit explores ideas related to science as a human endeavour and explores how machines using energy change processes can create devices that are environmentally friendly and more energy efficient than those currently in use today.
  • Fact File When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth (159 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    This is one of the educational resources from Queensland Museum’s online learning resource, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity. It lists facts on climate, vegetation and animals of the Cretaceous period.
  • Frogs factsheet (1078 KB) pdf document iconThis Factsheet is designed for primary aged children and explains the threats to native frog species resulting from a loss of their habitat, climate change and aquatic competitors like the cane toad.
  • Gecko surveyScience Survey

    Asian House Geckos may be spreading and they may be a growing problem for our own native geckos. So we want your help. Have you seen geckos scampering through your house at night? Take the survey and contribute to science research about where they have spread.
  • Generating Electricity: Past and Present (4986 KB) pdf document iconExplore the past, present and future of electrical energy, including its generation and ability to power movement around our vast state. In this activity, students use visual literacy skills to examine how electricity was generated and used by the rail industry between 1900 and 1940. Students also explore current methods of electricity generation and the environmental impacts of these processes.
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