Explorer Activities - Dinosaurs Stages 1-3 Teacher Notes

Students' investigation skills of exploration are harnessed in this educator-led program in the Dinosaurs exhibition. 

Jobaria and Afrovenator Dinosaurs

Jobaria and Afrovenator Dinosaurs
Photographer: Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum

Before Your Visit

Pre-visit activities

To make the most of your visit to the exhibition we recommend that you prepare your students beforehand by:

  • introducing relevant concepts and vocabulary including: extinction, fossils, palaeontology, herbivores, carnivores, predator, prey, life cycles, Gondwana.
  • providing a context for the excursion, including the reasons for visiting the Museum, the tasks to be completed and the expected outcomes.


The following materials should be photocopied for each supervising adult:

Teachers are not required to photocopy any information for students as all Dinosaur Explorer Activity resources will be provided by the Museum.

At the Australian Museum

The programs explore curriculum concepts for the three primary school stage levels:

Stage 1: Take a closer look

This session focuses on looking more closely at dinosaurs, their size, teeth and coverings and what this tells us about their lifestyle.

Stage 2: Australian dinosaurs

This session focuses on Australian dinosaurs, where they have been found and interpreting a fossil trackway discovered in Queensland

Stage 3: Palaeontologists in training

This session focuses on fossils, and the journey from discovery in the field back to the museum lab. Students will do an investigation related to dinosaur adaptations.

Organisational tips

  • Each session takes 60 minutes with a maximum of 30 students per session.
  • A Museum Education Officer will lead the session and all accompanying adults will be encouraged to participate. Students will be divided into smaller investigative groups of 5 students. Additional adult supervision is therefore highly recommended and welcomed. We encourage you to take advantage of our offer of free adult entry for every four students as this will greatly enhance the learning experience of your students.
  • Students are encouraged to make observations and to share their findings while interacting with the exhibition displays and the additional resource material provided.
  • The Museum educator will usually escort your group to the Dinosaurs exhibition for your session, but any additional classes may be asked to meet the Museum educator in the exhibition. Use the Australian Museum Guide Map to guide the students to the Dinosaurs exhibition on level 2 of the Museum.

Post-visit activities

There are many possible post-visit activities to be completed in the classroom. A few suggestions include:

  • Write an information report on your favourite dinosaur
  • Make clay models/paint or draw a dinosaur
  • Make a diorama of the world dinosaurs lived in
  • Keep a journal of new dinosaur discoveries 

Ms Helen Wheeler , Learning Services Operations Manager
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