Seashore Box

The theme for this Beaty Box is British Columbia’s seashore with a focus on adaptations. Under this theme, students can learn more about:

  • Interaction between organisms and their seashore environment
  • The factors that lead to the banding patterns on the seashore
  • Evolution and the diverse adaptations of organisms

Request a Seashore Box for your classroom here.


How to pack your Seashore Beaty Box

Please note there are two Seashore Boxes available, but each box has the same contents. “Seashore 07” and “Seashore 08” contain the same specimens but may be organized differently.


Seashore Box Dimensions:

  • Length: 60.9 cm (24”)
  • Width: 50.0 cm (19.5”)
  • Height: 33.0 cm (13”)
  • Weight: 12.2 kg (26.9 lbs.)

Adaptations Lesson Plan

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Name some interactions between organisms and their seashore environment
  • Understand the factors that lead to the banding patterns on the seashore
  • Have a working understanding of evolution and the diverse adaptations of organisms

Big Ideas & Concepts

  • Science Education
    • Kindergarten: Plants and animals have observable features; daily and seasonal changes affect living things
    • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment; observable patterns and cycles occur in the landscape
    • Science 2: Living things have life cycles adapted to their environment; water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment
    • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
    • Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment; the motions of Earth and the moon cause observable patterns that affect living and non-living systems
    • Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment; Earth materials can be used as natural resources
    • Science 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment
    • Science 7: Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Science 8: Life processes are performed at the cellular level
    • Science 9: Cells are derived from cells; the biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them
    • Science 10: Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things
    • Chemistry 11: Organic chemistry and its applications have significant implications for human health, society, and the environment; chemical reactions and their applications have significant implications for the environment
    • Life Sciences 11: All living things have common characteristics; living things evolve over time; organisms are grouped on the basis of identifiable similarities
    • Environmental Science 11: Local environments contain diverse ecosystems with many roles and relationships; interconnected systems sustain healthy ecosystems; ecosystem stability is an important result of sustainability; humans can play a role in conservation of ecosystems
    • Science for Citizens 11: Science helps explain how natural changes and human choices affect global systems
    • Anatomy and Physiology 12: The body strives to maintain homeostasis; all living things are made of cells, which contain DNA and cell structures that allow cells to survive and reproduce

Educators Manual

  • Each box comes with a comprehensive Educator Manual to provide you with all the information you need to confidently share and explore the Seashore Beaty Box with your group.
  • Manual includes:
    • Beaty Box Basics
      • Information on the specimens in the box - where they come from, how they are prepared, and information on how to handle them safely
      • Information about the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
      • Click here to download Beaty Box Basics
    • Customized Lesson Plan and Specimen Information
      • A lesson plan and list of relevant "Big Ideas" and "Core Concepts" outlined in the BC Curriculum
      • Flashcards for each specimen with images and background information
      • Suggestions and links to additional activities
      • A USB key with a digital copy of the manual plus extra images and activities you can print off or download
      • Click here to download the Seashore Box Lesson Plan and Specimen Information