Online Beaty Box Adaptation Exploration (Grades 3 – 7)

Starting on September 8, 2020, we will be launching an online layer of programming to complement Beaty Box rentals.

Students will explore biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life by comparing structures, behaviours, and interactions of different organisms.. Using the Beaty Box in their classroom, and engaging with our Museum Interpreters online, students will participate in hands-on activities and use museum specimens to learn about adaptations and relationships. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and apply their knowledge of concepts such as evolution, natural selection, adaptations, food webs, taxonomy, survival, ecosystems, and biomes.

This booking is 60 minutes long. This includes 15 min tech and materials check with facilitator in advance, plus 45 minute program time, which includes time for student questions and discussion.


We recommend you explore your Beaty Box in advance of your online program so you and your class are comfortable with the range of specimens available and how to safely handle them. In this program, we will ask you to hand a specimen and it’s information card to each student or small group. It will help to have these matched up before your program time.

If a portion of your students are joining from home, they can grab a fruit/vegetable, houseplant, stuffed animal, or toy/figurine (something three dimensional and biodiversity related) and join the program.

Each student should have a pencil or pen and at least one sheet of blank paper (loose or in a booklet). Optional: If your school or students have magnifiers to use, they can be a great tool to focus observations during the program.

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BC Curriculum: Big Ideas and Content Connections

  • Science 3: Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
    • Biodiversity in the local environment
  • Science 4: All living things and their environment are interdependent
  • Features of biomes, organisms in ecosystems sense and respond to their environment
  • 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
  • Natural selection through adaptation radiation – a proposed mechanism of the theory of evolution, survival needs and interactions between organisms and the environment
  • Arts Education 3-5: Connect knowledge and skills from other areas of learning in planning, creating, and interpreting works of art

Suggested Program Resources

Many of our Educator Resources can support your visit. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pre-Program Resources

Post-Program Resources

Please visit our Educator Resources page to download these materials.