Science and literature are integrated as Pre-K continues its Fairy Tale unit. After hearing various versions of "Jack and The Beanstalk", the children examined the insides of lima beans, which were softened through overnight soaking. They were able to identify the embryo's plant, root, the two halves of the seed and the protective seed coat. They illustrated what they saw in their beanstalk journals and speculated about the bean's growth. Then, the children prepared lima beans for germination on moist paper towels in plastic Ziploc baggies. The children will continue to explore the growth and life cycle of a bean seed, documenting their bean plants' growth over the next several weeks.