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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

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

  • 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.
  • Paper WaspsPaper Wasps (299 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet

    The strings of paper wasp nests hanging from the eaves of an old Queenslander or from a rusty barbed wire fence are a typical part of Australia.

  • Paper Whip (398 KB) pdf document iconHands on Activities

    Can paper be used to crack a sound?

    Have fun discovering the science in our world.
  • 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 (3648 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 (4278 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 (2165 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.
  • Pinning techniquePreserving and Pinning Insects (639 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Fact sheet demonstrating the correct techniques for pinning insects such as butterflies, grasshoppers and beetles
  • PseudofossilsPseudofossils (239 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Fossils are common and are found in a variety of shapes and sizes, but there are a number of common rock and mineral structures mistaken for fossils. These are called pseudofossils (false fossils).
  • Pythons in BrisbanePythons of Brisbane (240 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    The largest Australian snake is the Amethyst Python (Morelia amethistina) of northern Queensland and New Guinea . This slender species averages about 3.5 m, though there is an unsubstantiated record of 8 m.
  • 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.
  • Queensland LungfishQueensland Lungfish (247 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    Often described as a living fossil, the Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) has changed very little in more than 110 million years.
  • 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.
  • Redback Spider and Brown Widow Spider (241 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet

    Redbacks occur throughout Australia, but are common where the natural environment has been disturbed. They are a particular problem in newly settled suburbs.

  • Rhinoceros BeetleRhinoceros Beetles (284 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    One of the most spectacular beetles in Australia is the Rhinoceros Beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses).
  • Rhoetosaurus - A Queensland DinosaurRhoetosaurus: A Queensland Dinosaur (231 KB) pdf document iconFact sheet

    One of Australia's largest dinosaurs was Rhoetosaurus brownei, a giant plant-eater that lived in Queensland about 190 million years ago, during the Lower Jurassic Period (Toarcian Stage).
  • Rodents (271 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Australia is commonly thought of as a land of marsupials. However, it also supports a rich diversity of indigenous
    rodents. All Australian rodents belong to the family Muridae (rats and mice).
  • Scorpions (245 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Scorpions inspire fear and loathing because they can sting and some overseas species are deadly. However, while some Australian scorpions can inflict painful stings, there are no recorded deaths or severe reactions in Australia.
  • 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 Kits - Teacher and Student Notes (53 KB) pdf document iconTeacher Notes and Student worksheets
    This resource includes teacher notes and suggested activities for student investigations. These complement the Skulls Kits which can be borrowed from Queensland Museum Loans. The five kit types are: What we eat; How we survive; Skulls: Queensland Birds; Skulls: Queensland: Mammals; and Skulls: Queensland Pests.
  • 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 (2315 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.
  • Stick and leaf insectsStick and leaf insects (285 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Stick and leaf insects, scientifically known as phasmids, are among the largest insects in the world.
  • Stone ArtefactsStone Artefacts (349 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Aboriginal groups across Australia have manufactured and used a range of stone artefacts.
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