Resources

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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

  • Egg-laying Mammals (234 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet

    In 1791, early European explorers of Australia astounded scientists with reports of furry creatures that laid eggs.

  • Endangered Species (297 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    These worksheets are based on the Endangered Species exhibition at Queensland Museum South Bank. Students investigate the interrelationships between organisms and the effects of human activity on ecosystems. They examine the effects of the introduction or removal of a species in a community.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Feeding relationships (108 KB) pdf document iconThis worksheet relates to years 5, 7 and 9 of the Australian Science Curriculum and supports the following QM Loans kits: What’s on the Menu; Sun, Sand, Salt and Survival; Wetlands; and Woodlands to Sea.
  • Finding Gondwanaland (244 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 cut out the relevant continents and paste them together to make a reconstruction of Gondwanaland.
  • Freshwater Crayfish (302 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Freshwater crayfish are bottom-dwelling opportunistic scavengers. A large part of their diet consists of rotting leaves and other plant detritus. In captivity, they can be fed a wide variety of foods including vegetables, fish food and chicken pellets.
  • 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.
  • Frogs in the GardenFrogs in the Garden (219 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet


    Brisbane is a haven for frogs. About thirty-six different species have made their homes among the lush, subtropical habitats of the greater Brisbane area.

  • Funnel-web SpidersFunnel-web Spider (755 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Funnel-web Spiders (Family Hexathelidae) are the most dangerous spiders in Australia, and potentially the world.
  • 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.
  • Giant Wood Moth and Witchetty GrubsGiant Wood Moths and witchetty grubs (287 KB) pdf document iconAustralia is famous for its wood moths of the genus Endoxyla in the family Cossidae. Their fame is partly because their caterpillars are the true 'witchetty grubs' of traditional Aboriginal diet, but mostly from the fact that the moths themselves are some of the largest in the world.
  • Golden Orb-weaversGolden Orb-weavers (241 KB) pdf document iconIn Australia, female Golden Orb-weavers (Nephila spp.) are perhaps our most familiar spiders.
  • Gordian WormGordian Worm (315 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet


    Requests for identification and information about gordian worms are common for Queensland Museum staff during spring and summer (September to February).
  • 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.
  • The Humpback WhaleHumpback Whales (236 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet


    The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) occurs in all oceans of the world. Its predictable migration routes between winter breeding and summer feeding grounds once made it an easy target for whalers.

  • Huntsman SpidersHuntsman Spiders (266 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet


    There are 148 described huntsman species in Australia with at least four common species found in Brisbane.
  • Installation of canoe for Awakening: Stories from the Torres StraitVideo
    A centrepiece of our exhibition Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait is the model outrigger canoe constructed in 1970. Here you can see behind the scenes as a team of experts handle the logistics of installing this delicate item for display.
  • 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.
  • New Farm Volunteer Fire Brigade quadricycleInventions (190 KB) pdf document iconTeacher’s notes
    This activity focuses on aspects of inventions that have contributed to making life easier, more efficient or more sustainable. While this activity uses exhibits found at Queensland Museum South Bank, it can easily be applied to objects found in any museum.
  • Jewel Bugs (277 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    In Australia, some Jewel Bugs are referred to as Harlequin Bugs, a name that is applied to several other groups. There are 25 known species of Australian Jewel Bugs in the Family Scutelleridae, part of the large Superfamily Pentatomoidea.
  • Kangaroos and their kin (266 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet


    Australian marsupials that have powerful hind limbs, long hind feet and usually move in a hopping gait when travelling fast are known as the macropods.

  • Keelback SnakeKeelback Snake (303 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The Keelback Snake (Tropidonophis mairii), also known as the Freshwater Snake, is most common near fresh water and remains abundant along Brisbane's inner suburban creeks.
  • Lets Investigate (152 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. This investigation looks at the effects of temperature, oxygen, humidity and antiseptics on bacterial growth.
  • Life Cycles (1243 KB) pdf document iconActivity Sheet, Teacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This booklet complements the Life Cycles kit that can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans.
  • Light Reflection Refraction and Absorption (2863 KB) doc document iconA unit of work covering all areas of light in the Australian Curriculum Science for year 5 students.
    Please download additional powerpoint resources to complement this unit. There is also a Queensland Museum Loans Light Kit available from the commencement of term 2 2012, containing all the equipment required for the group rotation activities.
  • Light: Introduction (424 KB) ppt document iconPowerpoint resource #1 to complement Light unit of work covering all areas of light in the Australian Curriculum Science for year 5 students. There is also a Queensland Museum Loans Light Kit available from the commencement of term 2 2012, containing all the equipment required for the group rotation activities.
  • Light: Reflection (382 KB) ppt document iconPowerpoint resource #4 to complement Light unit of work covering all areas of light in the Australian Curriculum Science for year 5 students. There is also a Queensland Museum Loans Light Kit available from the commencement of term 2 2012, containing all the equipment required for the group rotation activities.
  • Light: Refraction Through a Lens (1850 KB) ppt document iconPowerpoint resource #6 to complement Light unit of work covering all areas of light in the Australian Curriculum Science for year 5 students. There is also a Queensland Museum Loans Light Kit available from the commencement of term 2 2012, containing all the equipment required for the group rotation activities.
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