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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

  • 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.
  • Animal Survivor (1356 KB) pdf document iconIn this resource you will analyse the features of an animal and relate them to its survival success. You will then conduct the animal design challenge: engineering new features for your animal to increase its chance of survival and future success. You will also make predictions about how the animal may survive if conditions were to change.
  • ArchaeologyArchaeology at Queensland Museum (265 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Archaeology is defined, the content of the Queensland Museum archaeological collections is oulined and we tell you how to become an archaeologist.
  • Asian House GeckosAsian House Geckos (251 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    People in Brisbane, other parts of eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales are fast discovering a new, noisier house gecko lodging in their homes. The distinctive, clicking, 'chuck, chuck, chuck…' of the Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus), has rapidly become part of the urban soundscape.
  • Assassin Bugs (244 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Assassin bugs (the large family Reduviidae) are predatory and feed on the body juices of other animals, mainly other insects. These are called assassin bugs because they hide in ambush for their prey.
  • Australian Paralysis TickAustralian Paralysis Tick (269 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Almost all tick bites on people in the humid coastal region of eastern Australia are from the Australian Paralysis Tick (Ixodes holocyclus).
  • 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.
  • WeavingBags and Baskets (272 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Bags and baskets have been used across all Indigenous Australian communities for a variety of purposes.
  • Bag MothsBag-shelter Moths & processionary caterpillars (283 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Many Australians are familiar with the very hairy, processionary caterpillars that follow each other head-to-tail and form long chains in late summer and autumn.
  • Water DragonsBearded and Water Dragons (279 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    The Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii) and the Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) are conspicuous and familiar residents of Brisbane thanks to their large size and their ability to thrive in home gardens and suburban parks.
  • 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.
  • Bird beakBird Beaks and Feet (627 KB) pdf document iconThis activity sheet is based on a visit to the Inquiry Centre at Queensland Museum South Bank. Its aim is to investigate the structural features and adaptations of birds that help them to survive in their environment.
  • Blue and Pink-tongued Skinks (169 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Blue and Pink-tongued skinks are among the largest of Australia's skinks (Family Scincidae). They live in close association with people in cities and cleared areas, as well as in bushland. In the Brisbane region, Blue-tongued and Pink-tongued Skinks are common and widespread.
  • Blue ringed octopusBlue-ringed Octopus (260 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Blue-ringed Octopus are normally not aggressive and attack only when provoked. They are, however, the most venomous octopus in the world and the salivary glands of one individual may contain enough venom to paralyse ten men.
  • Boobook Owl: Stradbroke Island Story6 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.
  • Boomerang Boomerangs (323 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    A boomerang is a throwing stick used by Australian Aboriginal people primarily for hunting.
  • Brachiopods (383 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet
    Brachiopods are marine organisms which have two shells or valves of different sizes, shape and ornamentation. These valves are hinged together and the animal resembles bivalve molluscs such as clams and oysters.
  • Brisbane City Council Terrestrial Invertebrate Status Review (7856 KB) pdf document iconThe Brisbane City Council (BCC), through its Environment & Parks Branch engaged the services of the Queensland Museum (QM)’s Centre for Biodiversity (QCB) to undertake a comprehensive Terrestrial Invertebrate Status Review (TISR) in the City of Brisbane as part of the Council's Co-operative Biodiversity Research Program.
  • 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.
  • Nic HadnuttThe Last Days of Burke and Wills – the journeyVideo
    Watch and listen to the historic journey made by Burke and Wills to cross Australia from south to north. Presented as part of the Our Story Your Story talk series at Queensland Museum South Bank.
  • Burton's Snake-Lizard (1067 KB) pdf document iconFact Sheet

    Every year countless 'legless lizards' are killed in the mistaken belief that they are dangerous snakes.
  • 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.
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