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

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These conversation starters can be used in both the Wild Planet and Surviving Australia exhibitions.

Learn about animals from Australia and around the world in our Wild Planet exhibition. Encounter the fossil ancestors of Earth’s living species, wonder at living fossils, see extinct species, and learn why preserving biodiversity is so important. Or explore the weird and wonderful creatures that we share this immense continent with, and their extinct predecessors in the Surviving Australia exhibition. Exploring the fascinating and sometimes scary animals living in our waterways, oceans, mountains and deserts, this gallery will answer your questions about Australia’s unique wildlife.

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