Teaching resources

You may wish to use these resources during your Museum visit.

What support can teachers get at the Museum?

Our education team has developed student programs that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and TfEL for each gallery.

Our Education Program Manager or volunteer Museum educators can take your class for a lesson in a gallery - subject to availability. These lessons are inquiry based and encourage student participation. Be advised, at present we have a small team and can only provide limited Museum educator-facillitated sessions which book out quickly. While we try our best to accommodate all bookings, it's best to book at least two weeks in advance. Book now.

The Education Program Manager can also provide Professional Development tours and workshops for groups of teachers. In addition, special professional learning events are held throughout the year. Request to join our mailing list to receive information about these and other special programs.

Online resources

In the Museum there are many galleries and educational experiences for your students to discover.

Museum Education Managers have developed learning programs for each gallery. These programs are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and reflect Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) pedagogies. Below is a selection of the galleries and learning opportunities you may wish to explore.

Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery

Aboriginal Gallery News (Ground Floor)

Aboriginal Gallery News (Level 1)

Ngurunderi  An Aboriginal Dreaming

Speaking Land  This is also available on the computers in the gallery.

Early Years

Years 1–3: Traditional Life

Years 1–3: Aboriginal Art and Play

Years 3–6: Traditional Life

Years 3–6: Art and Design

Years 4–5: Colliding Worlds

Years 6–9: Time and Change

Years 6–9: Art and Innovation

 

Ancient Egypt Gallery

Ancient Egyptian news

Ancient Egypt trail

Year 7 Exploring Egypt teacher information

Year 7 Exploring Egypt student activities prior visit

Year 7 Exploring Egypt student activities in the gallery

Australian Polar Collections (formerly Mawson)

Years 1-3 Antarctica: teacher information

Years 1-3 Antarctica: activities led by an adult helper

Years 1-3 Antarctica: answers using drawing

Years 1-3 Antarctica: activities that require written answers

Years 3-5 Human endeavour: teacher information

Years 3-5 Human endeavour: student activities

Years 6-7 Antarctic geology and biology: teacher information

Years 6-7 Antarctic geology and biology: student activities

Years 6-7 Antarctic geology and biology: gallery investigation (literacy focus)

Biodiversity

Year 1: Museum Safari

Year 2: Biodiversity Babies

Year 3: Observing Animals

Year 4: Life Cycles

Year 5: Animal Adaptations

Year 5: Audio Tour

Year 6: Growth and Survival

Year 7: Grouping Animals

Year 9: Investigating Ecosystems

Year 10: Evolution

Fossils

Years 1-3 Prehistoric animals: teachers notes

Years 1-3 Prehistoric animals: student notes

Years 1-3 Prehistoric animals: student activities

Years 3-5 Structures: teachers notes

Years 3-5 Structures: students notes

Years 3-5 Structures: student activities

Years 6-7 Evolution: teacher’s notes

Years 6-7 Evolution: student notes

Years 6-7 Evolution: student activities

Minerals and geology

Years 4-6 Rocks and minerals

Years 6-9 Mawson and minerals trail

Years 10-12 Mineral investigations

Pacific Cultures Gallery

Years 1-3 Village life in the Pacific Islands

Years 4-6 village life booklet

Years 4-6 ceremonies & celebrations booklet

Years 4-6 art & technology activities

Years 6-9 History and culture

Early and primary years students

Carving model animal or toy

Siu Siu Siu game

Likai Paki game

Growing sweet potato

Making a spirit mask

Making a grass skirt

Making a lap lap shell necklace

Dog and possum story

Coconut story

Teaching resources - Papua New Guinea south side of the gallery

Inquiry card

Welcome card

Student notebook

Teaching resources - Papua New Guinea north side of the gallery

Inquiry card

Welcome card

Student notebook

Teaching resources - Fiji

Inquiry card

Welcome card

Student handbook

Teaching resources - East Britain and New Ireland

Inquiry card

Student notebook

Teaching resources - Solomon Islands

Inquiry card

Welcome card

Student notebook

World Mammals Gallery

Year 1 On safari: student activities

Year 1 On safari: teacher information

Year 5 Adaptations: teacher information

Year 5 Adaptations: student activities

Year 7 Classification program

Digital resources

Aboriginal bark paintings of Arnhem Land

Ediacaran fossils of the Flinders Ranges

Teacher support resource - Ediacaran fossils

Museum trails

Years 1-3 Museum trail for younger students

Years 1-3 Museum trail guidebook to read to younger students

Years 4-7 Museum trail for older students

Coming up next

Visit

Up next:
Earth sciences education