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Prep – 1, Year 3 – 4, Year 5 – 6
Facilitated by museum staff
45 minutes per session. Rotations for large groups will require a reset period.
Foster a passion for science and discovery while delving into Queensland’s ancient megafauna, dinosaurs, and sea monsters in the Ancient Animals of Queensland school program. This exciting prehistoric program has been designed to meet curriculum needs in Biological Sciences and Science Inquiry Skills with different experiences for Prep-1, Year 3-4 and Year 5-6. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive and memorable program as they explore fossil moulds and ancient creature models that invite intriguing questions and exciting discoveries. The three programs are as follows:
Where the Wild Things Were takes students on a journey to meet charming and captivating ancient creatures such as Dippy the Diprotodon. Students explore and compare how these creatures would have met their basic needs. They predict how the animals would have moved based on discover their special and interesting features, then create a unique and abundant ancient environment for their creature to live in. Students will make a mini diorama which they can take back to school.
Where the Wild Things Were – Australian Curriculum Links
In Fantastic Beasts and How to Sort Them!, students explore the diversity of Queensland dinosaurs, megafauna and sea reptiles, with a variety of fossil moulds and ancient animal models. Can your students determine which fossil belongs to which ancient animal? Equipped with these exciting prehistoric discoveries, students will then sort ancient animals in some familiar ways, and in some less familiar ways! Students will be provided with a hands-on experience where they can look closely, touch, and classify a range of fantastic fossils and beasts.
Fantastic Beasts and How to Sort Them! - Australian Curriculum Links
In Prehistoric Profiles: Tales of Times Long Past, your students will bring mysterious, intriguing, and ferocious ancient animals back to life. Students will investigate fossils and reconstructions; analyse timelines, stimulus pictures and posters; construct food webs and labelled diagrams; and tell a story of an ancient past. With guidance, your class will make a prehistoric profile of the giant goanna, Megalania, then work in small groups to make their own prehistoric profile of another ancient animal of Queensland. Student will then have the opportunity to share their findings with the class, focusing on their amazing adaptations in an ancient environment.
Prehistoric Profiles: Tales of Times Long Past - Australian Curriculum Links
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Ancient Animals of Queensland pre-visit information
I DIG Discovery Student Challenge - A free online Ancient Animals science inquiry program for Years 3-6 teachers and students that can be delivered over a school term with an exciting challenge video, high quality slides, digital 3D fossils, suggested tools and equipment, 3D megafauna reconstructions.
Megafauna Diorama - A printable billabong scene with four of Queensland iconic extinct megafauna.
Meet the Megafauna – Information about extinct and living megafauna species unearthed in tropical northern Australia.
Pedestal - Ancient Animals of Queensland 3D Gallery - View and interact with 3D models of megafauna, marine reptiles and dinosaurs found in Queensland.
Sketchfab - Ancient Animals of Queensland 3D Gallery - View and interact with 3D models of megafauna, marine reptiles and dinosaurs found in Queensland.
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