QM Loans kits and the Australian Curriculum

Recently, our seconded teachers finished producing and labelling some new kits and these are now available for borrowing through QM Loans.

These new kits are External Features and Micro Marvels. The first one is linked to Years 1 & 3, and the second one is targeted at Years 5 – 7 of the Biological Sciences strands of the Australian Science Curriculum.

External Features kit

Teacher Resource Booklets have been produced for these kits. They include activities and worksheets that show how the objects and specimens in the kit can be used to teach the relevant aspects of the Australian Science Curriculum. The Micro Marvels kit comes with a digital microscope and software.

Micro Marvels kit

The External Features Teacher Resource Booklet and the Micro Marvels Teacher Resource Booklet have now been uploaded on to the QM website and can be found in the Learning Resources section. Resources are listed alphabetically so scroll down to the bottom of the page and navigate through the pages until you get to the ‘E’ or ‘M’ section respectively.

There are lots of other wonderful kits produced by QM Loans that address relevant aspects of the Australian Curriculum: Science and the Australian Curriculum: History.

Curriculum-related materials are listed in the relevant categories on the QM Loans Catalogue Page.

One of our premium kits is the What’s on the Menu kit which contains specimens collected from South Stradbroke Island. Included are plant samples, insects, reptile parts, and study skins of birds and mammals.

Some objects form the What's on the Menu kit

There are many activity cards and teachers can use these as the basis for group work within the class. Students are challenged to discover the adaptations possessed by each specimen, examine life cycles, develop food chains, and investigate how these species interact with each other and their environment.

What’s on the Menu information cards

Feeding relationship information on the back of the cards

Cicada information card

Back of Cicada card

With the school year winding down, now is an ideal time to review your borrowing needs for next year.

If your educational institution is already a member, then now may be the time to renew your membership. If you have not been a subscriber in the past, think about the advantages of borrowing kits, objects and specimens next year to enliven your Science and History classes.

Information about Subscription and rates can be found on our QM website.

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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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