New Primary Science Loans Kits Trialled in the Classroom

Saturday 13th August is the start of National Science Week. So for this week’s post I thought I would share with you some interesting science activities occurring at two central Brisbane schools this term. Over the last few weeks I have visited Year 5 at Milton State School and Year 1 at Newmarket SS. I have enjoyed assisting with classroom science teaching. Gil Sauvage, a science teacher specialist at Milton, and Margherita Gradwell, a Year 1 teacher at Newmarket, have offered to trial some new science Loans kits that have been produced recently.

Me (Adriana Bauer) with some objects from the new kits

Gil Sauvage teaching his Yr 5 class about adaptations

These kits are linked to the Australian Science Curriculum. The External Features kit targets the Biological sciences strand in Year 1 and 3 and covers topics such as animal coverings, diversity of life, and sorting organisms. The Micro Marvels kit is designed for Years 5 – 7 and covers the themes of adaptations, effect of the environment on survival, and classification.

The Year 1s had a great time touching the soft koala fur, the spiky Echidna quills, the rough crocodile skin, and the wiry Wombat fur together with other animal coverings.

Year 1s investigating animal coverings

There are many QM Loans kits and online resources that complement the themes addressed in these two kits.

For example, in the photos below we used the QM Loans kit, How We Survive, to demonstrate some of the adaptations of different bird, mammal, and reptile skulls and/or teeth. (The kit How We Eat is another Skulls kit that is written for a slightly younger audience, such as Year 3. Queensland Museum Loans has other Skulls kits such as Skulls: Queensland Birds and Skulls: Queensland Mammals that can be used for teaching adaptations.)

Student examining the skull of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Student examining a Kookaburra skull

Students spent some time discussing plant adaptations and an image below shows a hair on the surface of a Geranium leaf. This was taken with the digital microscope that is included in the Micro Marvels kit.

Image of fine hair on a Geranium leaf, taken with the digital microscope

The External Features and the Micro Marvels kits will be available for borrowing next year from QM Loans.  The teacher booklets that support these two kits can be downloaded here.

External Features Teacher Resource Booklet

Micro Marvels Teacher Resource Booklet

ADAPTATIONS Teaching Unit_5

Other kits that can be borrowed from QM Loans can be found on the Catalogue page of the QM Loans section of our website.

To learn more about resources developed to align with the Australian Science Curriculum, download the PDF QM Resources and the Australian Science Curriculum.

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About Adriana Bauer

I am a Senior Project Officer (Biodiversity) in the Strategic Learning section of the Queensland Museum. I have been working here since August 2008 but before then, I was teaching in secondary schools in Brisbane. My subject areas include Biology, Junior Science, and Junior and Senior Mathematics. Since working at the museum, I have been involved in developing online learning resources, QM Loans kits, updating our Inquiry Centre Fact Sheets, delivering professional development for teachers, and writing educational resources that support the new Australian Science Curriculum. I have a passion and interest in biodiversity and did my academic studies at the University of Queensland where I obtained a B.Sc, B.A, and Dip. Ed.
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4 Responses to New Primary Science Loans Kits Trialled in the Classroom

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  3. Gympie South Prep Smarties says:

    Thank you for your Animal Coverings Touch Box it was beautiful. We learnt to feel them. The Koala one was very soft like a teddy bear. We felt it with our hands and our face. The spiky one was so spiky. The feather one tickled us.

    We really enjoyed having them in our class.

    From the Prep Smarties

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