• Audience
    Children and families, Early years, Primary school, Secondary school, Tertiary
  • Learning area
    Creative Arts, English, Science
  • Type
    Teaching resources, Self-led

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The Australian Museum has one of the largest ornithological collections in the Southern Hemisphere. It contains a large variety of bird skins, mounts, skeletons, eggs, nests, spirit specimens and tissue samples, representing approximately 95% of the world's bird families. Learn about this collection and diversity of Australian birds in the Birds of Australia exhibition and use our conversation starters to help your students engage with the content.

Connect – When choosing an animal or object, encourage students to look closely at its main features.

Share – Students are encouraged to share and discuss their ideas through meaningful conversation.

Reflect – Through whole group discussion, students can reflect on their findings and experiences.

How to use

Begin by gathering your students in an clear space within the exhibition. Explain and distribute or access the conversation starters in a way that is appropriate for your group. Conclude where you began, giving students the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences.

Time needed: Approximately 3-5 minutes per card.

Click and print

Download and print the conversation starters PDF before you visit the Museum. They can be used as they are or cut up and distributed amongst your group. The cards can be done in any order, and students can work individually or in small groups. No pens or pencils are needed.


Tap and swipe

Tap on an image below and use your mobile device to swipe through the questions and prompts.

Tap and swipe