Inquiry Box


Focusing on creating visual representations to record scientific observations, the Inquiry Beaty Box contains specimens, flashcards, and a suggested lesson plan so students can learn more about:

  • The importance of sketching in the field of science
  • The different types of techniques used when sketching natural history specimens
  • Sketching as a way of identifying observable features of plants and animals

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How to pack your Inquiry Beaty Box

Click here for a video on how to handle Beaty Box specimens.

Inquiry Box Dimensions:

  • Length: 55.4 cm (21.8”)
  • Width: 38.8 cm (15.3”)
  • Height: 25.0 cm (9.8”)
  • Weight: 5.94 kg (13.1 lbs.)

Sketching Lesson Plan

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

  • Identify the biodiversity of living things in the nature world
  • Recognize the observable features of plants and animals
  • Communicate observations and ideas by drawing and by using oral or written language
  • Communicate through the arts using new artistic techniques and perspectives

Big Ideas & Concepts

  • Arts Education
    • K-1: Develop processes and technical skills in a variety of art forms to nurture motivation, development, and imagination
    • Arts Education 2: Develop processes and technical skills in a variety of art forms to refine artistic abilities, reflect on creative processes and make connections to other experiences
    • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works for art
    • Arts Education 6-7: Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of personal, social, cultural, historical, and environmental contexts in relation to the arts; interpret creative works using knowledge and skills from various areas of learning
    • Arts Education 8-12: A variety of content links can be explored during this program.
  • Science Education
    • Kindergarten: Plants and animals have observable features; daily and seasonal changes affect all living things
    • Science 1: Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment
    • Science 2: All things have a life cycle
    • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems.
    • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
    • Science 5: Multicellular organisms have organ systems that enable them to survive and interact within their environment
    • Science 6: Multicellular organisms rely on internal systems to survive, reproduce, and interact with their environment
    • Science 7: The theory of evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
    • Science 10: Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things
    • Biology 11: All organisms have characteristics that define them as living and interdependent. Life can be organized in a functional and structural hierarchy ranging from cells to the biosphere; living things are interdependent; living things are diverse and evolve over time
    • Biology 12: Cells are the basic unit of life

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 Inquiry 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 Inquiry Box Lesson Plan and Specimen Information