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

  • Exploring Australian Food Webs (2813 KB) pdf document iconQueensland is the most biodiverse state in Australia, with 70% of Australia’s mammal species, 80% of Australia’s bird species, and 50% of Australia’s reptiles and frog species. In this resource you will construct food webs to examine relationships between organisms in a Queensland ecosystem. In this resource you will construct food webs to examine relationships between organisms in a Queensland ecosystem.
  • Exploring Cyclones (2647 KB) pdf document iconQueensland is affected by cyclones every summer. In this resource you will investigate the impact of cyclones on humans, living things and the landscape. You will also use data to predict how the changing climate may affect cyclones in Australia, and analyse a map of Cyclone Debbie, which devastated parts of Queensland and New South Wales in 2017.
  • Exploring Volcanoes (2065 KB) pdf document iconEvidence of past volcanoes can be seen all over the world, including Australia. In this resource you will model two different volcanoes, and explore how and why volcanoes affect Earth’s surface, the environment and human populations.
  • External Features Teacher Resource Booklet (2199 KB) pdf document iconThis booklet complements the External Features kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. It focuses on Year 1 and 3 of the Biological strand of the Australian Science Curricilum.
  • 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.
  • Growth and Survival of Living Things: Managing Microorganisms and Pests at the Museum (12755 KB) pdf document iconThe growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment. In this activity you are going to investigate how environmental conditions may be modified to prevent the growth and survival of microorganisms. You will use this investigation to make recommendations regarding museum storage, and how to prevent damage due to pests like bacteria, fungi and insects.
  • Sustainable environmentsHuman impact on populations (1613 KB) pdf document iconHuman impact on native populations is a case study approach to analysing how humans have impacted on animal populations. A series of slides featuring displays from the Queensland Museum's Endangered Species exhibition is presented.
  • Interpreting Fossil Evidence (341 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 examines fossil bones, teeth, beaks and skeletons and compares them with current species to infer the diet, movement, habitats, and niche of extinct organisms.
  • Introduction to Ocean Acidification (19520 KB) pdf document iconAtmospheric carbon dioxide levels are the highest they have been in human history, and possibly the last 20 million years. The continuing release of this gas into the atmosphere means that more carbon dioxide is being dissolved into the oceans. How does this affect ocean chemistry and marine ecosystems, and what can we do about it? In this resource you will conduct a simple experiment and then complete a design challenge to learn more about carbon dioxide and the oceans.
  • Investigating Ocean Acidification (1496 KB) pdf document iconMany marine organisms have shells or exoskeletons made of calcium carbonate, including oysters, clams, sea snails, and corals. In this activity you will investigate how ocean acidification may affect these organisms. You will develop and conduct an experiment to test the effect of carbonated water on calcium carbonate, and analyse the results in a scientific report.
  • Links to the Australian Science Curriculum (159 KB) pdf document iconTeacher notes

    This document lists the aspects of the Australian Science Curriculum that are addressed in Queensland Museum’s online learning resource: Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity.
  • Mangrove ChallengeOnline learning resource

    Mangrove Challenge takes you into the world of museum scientist Dr Steve Van Dyck and his research into the endangered water mouse. Find out about where these shy mammals live, what they eat and the dangers that threaten its survival. You can download teacher resources and conservation activities and play the Mouse Maze game.
  • Meet Your ScientistMeet Your ScientistGame

    Imagine you're a scientist who is coming to work at Queensland Museum… what would you like to do and who will you work with?
  • Middle School Project - Background Research (518 KB) pdf document iconActivity sheet; Student worksheet; Teacher notes

    This is one of the educational resources from Queensland Museum’s online learning resource, Dinosaurs, Climate Change and Biodiversity. Students research the geological time scale; Australia’s geological history; and theories on the extinction of the dinosaurs.
  • Mission Invisible Year Four and Six Students (461 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey into the invisible world. You will discover what Scientists know about the smallest particles that make up all matter and the universe. You will find out how they discover these mysteries and then practice some of their methods to make some discoveries of your own. You will learn how to describe objects that you cannot see when you accept the challenge of Mission Invisible! To succeed in this challenge you will need to use all your detection powers to discover the secrets of the mystery box.
  • Mission Invisible Year Four and Six Teacher Notes (1049 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey into the invisible world. You will discover what Scientists know about the smallest particles that make up all matter and the universe. You will find out how they discover these mysteries and then practice some of their methods to make some discoveries of your own. You will learn how to describe objects that you cannot see when you accept the challenge of Mission Invisible! To succeed in this challenge you will need to use all your detection powers to discover the secrets of the mystery box.
  • Mission Invisible Year Nine Students (180 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey through a series of activities that will further develop your ideas about Atomic Theory beyond the Planetary Model of the atom. The processes of detection of sub-atomic particles are introduced by looking at some historical methods that Scientists have used to discover more about matter and the universe. You will then move on to look at current technologies to find out what Scientists are learning from the Large Hadron Collider experiments. Learning from what Scientists are doing, you will have the skills to finally undertake an investigation of your own, using detector instruments to find evidence of the nature of particles in a sealed container.
  • Mission Invisible Year Nine Teacher Notes (462 KB) pdf document iconYou are about to take a journey through a series of activities that will further develop your ideas about Atomic Theory beyond the Planetary Model of the atom. The processes of detection of sub-atomic particles are introduced by looking at some historical methods that Scientists have used to discover more about matter and the universe. You will then move on to look at current technologies to find out what Scientists are learning from the Large Hadron Collider experiments. Learning from what Scientists are doing, you will have the skills to finally undertake an investigation of your own, using detector instruments to find evidence of the nature of particles in a sealed container.
  • Funnel-web spiderMuseum Experts VideosWatch our experts talk about an artefact, specimen or process from their area of research and learn about what our scientists and curators do. Investigate the adaptations that organisms possess to help them survive in their particular environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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