Backyard Explorers - User Guide

Backyard Explorers - User Guide
Publication Date: April, 2008
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This online resource is a companion to the Queensland Museum's, Backyard Explorers—Leader's Guide.


Students can use this resource to assist them in working through a biological field study and doing research on a local environment's biodiversity. They are given factual and practical information on completing a biodiversity study. The guide also provides them with instructions and worksheets to complete a range of activities, including conducting a field study, setting up insect traps and identifying insects.


Students can work through the guide, which culminates in the construction of a digital story. This student guide is suitable for a range of year levels and also provides links to and details about other resources that could assist in its implementation.


This guide is best used with the support/supervision of a teacher and in conjunction with the Backyard Explorers—Leader's Guide.  

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 6 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical... > ACSSU094
  • Year 7 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms > ACSSU111
  • Year 7 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities, can... > ACSSU112
  • Year 9 > Science Understanding > Biological Sciences > Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic... > ACSSU176