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

  • Bush FoodsBush Foods (277 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Indigenous people of Australia travelled within their own traditional homelands sourcing seasonal foods from an extensive range of plants and animals. While these traditional practices were more common before European invasion, many groups still use bush food in their diet or for medicinal purposes.
  • Cane Toads (250 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Although not native to Australia, the Cane Toad has one of the widest ranges of any living toad. Originating in Central and South America, the Cane Toad has been introduced into several Pacific Islands and Australia. Elsewhere it is called the Marine Toad, Giant Toad or American Toad.
  • Case mothsCase moths, bag moths or bagworms (267 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Case moths, bag moths or bagworms are names given to a group of moths (Family Psychidae) whose caterpillars make portable homes from silk, usually attaching plant material, detritus or sand grains to the outside.
  • 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.
  • Cicadas - Our Summer Singers (273 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Cicadas are familiar insects to many Australians because of their large size, their conspicuous songs in summer and the empty nymphal shells they leave discarded on tree trunks. More than 50 species of cicadas occur in south-east Queensland.
  • Collecting Fossils (255 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    The study of fossils is called palaeontology. Amateur palaeontologists can make just as many exciting discoveries as professionals.
  • 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.
  • Cone ShellsCone Shells (305 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Cone shells (Conus spp.) are among the most abundant and beautifully coloured coiled shells (gastropods) inhabiting marine waters.
  • 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.
  • Crested Hawk (257 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Each year from about early winter to mid-spring, Brisbane is treated to an 'invasion' by large numbers of a medium-sized, strikingly beautiful bird of prey - the Pacific Baza or Crested Hawk (Aviceda subcristata).
  • Cretaceous Marine ReptilesCretaceous Marine Reptiles (294 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Reptiles were among the first vertebrates to live on the land. Many millions of years after they first appeared, some reptiles returned to the sea, possibly to take advantage of abundant food supplies.
  • Crowned snakes (279 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Crowned snakes (genus Cacophis) are small, weakly venomous snakes that derive their name from the distinctive pale marking on the neck.
  • Dangerous Sharks (271 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet


    Some sharks are dangerous to humans, but considering how many sharks live in oceans and how many people swim, skindive and fish, shark attack is a rare event. A drive to the beach poses a greater danger to life than a shark attack, and more swimmers are drowned than are attacked by sharks.

  • DidjeridusDidjeridus (269 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    The didjeridu (didgeridoo) is a musical instrument that originated from the Aboriginal communities of Arnhem Land, northern Australia
  • 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.
  • Djan’djaris: As told by Alex Bond9 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.
  • Dolphin: As told by Aunty Margaret7 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.
  • Dragons in Brisbane (264 KB) pdf document icon

    Fact Sheet


    Six species of dragons have been found in the greater Brisbane area. All are harmless.

  • Eastern Brown Snake (296 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    In a land famous for its large number of dangerous snakes, these alert, fast-moving species are among the most highly venomous. The largest,is the Eastern Brown Snake (P. textilis) which occurs widely over eastern Australia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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