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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.

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.