Monday, March 26, 2012

50 Follower Giveaway & New Blog!

Woot, woot!! I have 54 followers on this beachy blog!! You guys are amazing, and I can't thank you enough for reading my random ramblings. :o)

To celebrate this joyous occasion, my wife has offered to help me out with my first giveaway. I don't have a TPT or a Teacher's Notebook store (yet!), so I thought I'd do something a little non-traditional. My wife is an Independent Director with The Pampered Chef and is giving away a $15 gift certificate to spend on anything you want! Yeah, it's not totally "school-related," but at the same time cooking lends itself well to learning to follow directions, measurement, science... all kinds of stuff!
So, how do you enter this giveaway?  You must...

  • Be a Beach Brains Blog follower! This is to show you all my appreciation after all, so you have to be a follower!
  • Post a comment about how you can integrate cooking into your lessons. I'm not looking for an all-out lesson plan, but just activity ideas and ways you've incorporated cooking into your lessons.
  • You have until 11:59pm CST on Thursday to enter! I'd like to announce the winner some time this weekend! Good luck!!!

Also, if you guys haven't visited yet, you need to boogie on over to Misty's, my new bloggy friend, blog: 3-6 Free Resources. It's chock full of excellent resources to make your life easier, and we all could use that, couldn't we? You can also link up your blog  Plus, it's coffee-themed which is right up my alley. My wife will tell you... I'm a little obsessed with coffee. ;o)

Ok, I'm logging off for the night. Tomorrow, my Beach Brains are making 3-D solids with marshmallows and toothpicks to kick off our geometry unit. Pics to follow! Have a good one!


  1. Yea! I am first. LOL! Thanks for blogging about 3-6 Free Resources. That place is AMAZING thanks to all the help I get with it.

    I follow you and my favorite cooking lesson is baking and fractions. Yep... its COOKIE TIME! Shhh... if anyone asks they ARE healthy!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  2. Yeah, I am second...hehehe!!

    I follow your blog and I once used an assortment of hard candies (that we didn't eat) to challenge students to come up with various ways of categorizing them (i.e., by size, color, texture...). The kids did get a little stash once we were done and I will just call them "sugar free" hehehe. It turned out to be a really great way to get kids thinking of how things can be grouped.


    The 3AM Teacher

  3. I follow your blog!

    Cooking, you could talk about measurements for math, make a fraction pizza or pie, estimate candy...

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  4. I am a follower! I used cooking in my science class on Valentine's day...we practiced the scientific method by testing various substances with water and vinegar (baking powder, flour, etc), and then tried to figure out what the mystery substances were!

  5. I'm already a follower and admitted blog stalker ...
    I think cooking is most fun to integrate into writing! I love doing how-to pieces with cooking. I usually have students write a simple how-to on something like making a PBJ or a Root beer Float. Then, I reenact their directions. It's hilarious to follow their directions exactly. It shows them that even steps that seem insignificant are actually important. (Like taking the bread out of the bag- for instance. Rubbing peanut butter onto the bread while it is still in the bag creates a lot of chuckling!)