Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Linky Party!

So excited to announce my holiday linky party....My Favorite Things!

This time of year is crazy...especially if you're a teacher. You're stressed out and ready for a break. And you are still having to teach squirrely children who want to do anything but learn.

So it's time for some fun!

Link on up and share your favorite holiday things!

my favorite things

Here's what to do:
1. Just save the image above, answer the 12 questions below (you can save and post that image too if you want) and post! 
2. Include the button above and a link to this  blog on your post.
3. Link her post up here between December 12th-19th
4. Be a good blog reader, and leave some love for the two posts before yours!

Here are my favorite things!

1. Favorite holiday song - Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra; I also love The Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix

2. Favorite holiday guilty pleasure food - homemade sugar cookies with icing

3. Favorite holiday tradition - watching Christmas Vacation

4. Favorite holiday book - The Tale of Three Trees and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

5. Favorite act of kindness - getting an angel from the Salvation Army Christmas tree; I did this years ago and remember getting so excited about choosing things to buy for my angel. Why haven't I done it since then? I want to do it this year.

6. Favorite holiday memory - getting my Barbie dream house when I was 6 years old. My parents had just gotten divorced, and my dad came over to be with me Christmas morning. I'm grateful that my parents put me first.

7. Favorite holiday Christmas gift - my Cabbage Patch Kid

8. Favorite holiday craft - I love to make holiday bags with my students. I would give each student a paper bag, scissors, glue, and construction paper, and they would have to decorate their bags without using crayons. It was always so fun to see the different ways they would decorate their bags.

9. Favorite holiday movie - Christmas Vacation! I also love White Christmas 

10. Favorite place to shop for holiday gifts - Target...of course every time I shop there I find things for me!

11. What I want Santa to bring me - a man! LOL - I would really love a new stainless steel sink and new flap stovetop for my kitchen

12. Favorite product - My favorite product from my store that I used every single day (and in every subject) is Critical Thinking Stems. I would tell my class to "say something", and they would immediately turn to their partner and share what they were thinking. It worked in whole class, small groups, at their desks, on the reading area, etc. It worked in every situation. They loved being able to share their thoughts too. 

Now it's your turn! Link up below. 

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Real Live Elf

The holidays are coming soon, and the children are getting restless. We come up with ideas and strategies and fun things to keep the kiddos engaged and excited for school. 

This principal goes the extra mile. 

Really goes the extra mile.

real live elf on the shelf principal elementary school

This is Mr. Womack from R.F. Staples Secondary School in Westlock. He's turned himself into a real life Elf on the Shelf and shows up somewhere new in the school every day:)

Here is his Instagram account if you want to follow him and see more of Yukon's antics. Hilarious!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Five for Friday!

Hi there. My name is Angela, and I'm the chick behind Southern Fried Teachin'. Nice to see you again! Haha! Yeah, I know I've been out of the loop lately. I have some big news to below to find out what it is!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her weekly linky party. It's been a while, and I miss it. With no further ado, here we go!

A friend shared this on Facebook, and wow, did it speak to me. Like it was screaming at me. I've been going through some stuff lately like I'm sure many of you have been as well. I hope it can speak to some of you as well.

OK. Guilty pleasure time. I love this show. I don't know why. Oh wait...yes, I do. I know why. I'm single and have been waiting a looooooooong time to meet my man, and I'm constantly asking God where is he. I bet these people have the done the same thing....although NONE of them have waited near as long as I have. Anybody else watch this show?

I just love it. I still love watching the couples from the first season, and the couples from the second season were just one big disaster. But such good guilty pleasure reality TV.

I wonder what kind of man the experts would set me up with.


My little Lizzie. Isn't she the cutest thing? She loves being in small, confined spaces, so I made her a little dog bed out of a basket that I had. She loves it. Seriously loves it. She curls right up in the blankets and goes to sleep.

I want to find an old drawer to make a dog bed. I have seen some adorable ones on Pinterest.

OK. Big news time.

I have been having headaches every day. Not exaggerating.

Every. Single. Day.


Some headaches are worse than others.

Some headaches turn into migraines. Migraines are the absolute worst.

So I found a craniofacial pain dentist specializing in TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), which is what I have.

My car accident 3 1/2 years ago aggravated it and made it worse. Here is a picture of my little car.  

I got a severe concussion from it, and unfortunately you just don't know all the ramifications from it until often years later. I hadn't realized that my headaches had gotten bad after my accident until a friend mentioned it.

So this dentist is amazing. I am taking an anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer at night, special cream on my jaw, and I'm wearing a mouth splint 24/7 except during eating.

Yeah, it looks like a retainer, but it's much thicker. It's supposed to help me realign my bite and jaw, which got out of whack from the accident.

I had such a horrific migraine the other day that I had to get two shots in my jaw. Sounds fun, right?

The biggest news....

Drum roll please.....

I have officially moved!

Here is a picture of my kitchen getting painted. It was a bright yellow before.

I LOVE my new house. I love my new neighborhood. I love my new area. I am absolutely positive that I made the right decision. I knew I would regret it if I didn't move.

So what's been going on with you?

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Currently

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it's November. Say what?

So...I've been a little MIA lately. I've been a little busy.

I've got some big news to share....

I'm moving! About a month ago, I decided that I need a change (I'm one of those weird people who LOVE change). I have thought about moving for a while now...especially after I moved home from Korea. Living in Korea changed me in more ways than one. Best experience of my life. But when I moved home, home didn't feel the same.

So I immediately started packing and looking at houses. It didn't take long. And it didn't take long for my house to sell. God definitely has his hand in this! Closing dates and moving dates are just around the corner!

I'm so excited! It's only about 25 minutes away, but it's in a whole other town. New city. New neighborhood. New people to meet. New places to eat. New experiences. Woohoo!

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh Boy Third Grade for her monthly Currently. It's been a while since I've participated, and I'm excited to get going again.

So, yes I'm watching CSI Miami right now (love anything CSI) and working on some TPT goodies. I'm also taking little Pinterest breaks to look at decorating ideas, which I need to stop because I have a long list of things I want to do now...including some ideas of refurbishing and painting furniture, which I've never done before. Bring it on!

So have you ever tried pumpkin pie dump cake? If not, you do not know what you're missing. It is so so good. Now I want some. Darn.

What are you guys up to? Btw....if you make the dump cake, feel free to send me a piece!

Happy November!

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Fun way to Motivate and Challenge your students in Math

Howdy y'all! Hope your week was great!

I must have been SUPER duper tired because I decided not to set my alarm this morning (love Saturday mornings), and I ended up sleeping until 11:15 am. I NEVER do that!

I've been busy working on my latest creation...Puzzle Scrambles. I used to use puzzle scrambles in my classroom all the time, and I finally decided to create some for my TpT store. Look for them in the next day or so! I have only done 3 right now for place value, but I'm working on more.

Want to motivate your students to practice math skills in a fun and challenging way?  These are NO PREP and can be used over and over!

Here are some photos of using the puzzle scrambles. Students can color them in when they're done.

Want to motivate your students to practice math skills in a fun and challenging way?  These are NO PREP and can be used over and over!

I don't know about you, but I absolutely loved to color when I was younger. And I must admit that I quite enjoyed coloring these in as well. I guess you're never too old to color!

Want to motivate your students to practice math skills in a fun and challenging way?  These are NO PREP and can be used over and over!

It's the weekend, so......

It's time to party!

Hope you have a fabulous 3-day weekend!

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Woohoo & a Flash Freebie!

I am so excited!

My little TpT store now has 600 followers!

I feel so honored that there are teachers out there that like my stuff and buy it to use in their own classrooms.

Because I'm so excited I decided to do a little FLASH FREEBIE with one of my newest products.

Go HERE to grab it while you can!

You can use photographs in the classroom in so many ways! You can go HERE to see the photos you'd be getting and a list of ways to use photographs in the classroom.

Don't forget to leave feedback!

Thank you so much!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Super Goal Sunday!

I am SO sorry that I forgot to post my Super Goal Sunday linky party yesterday! With the first week of school down, my brain took a break yesterday. I'm positive I'm not the only one. Right?

This is our new weekly linky party, and today is only our second linkup. We would LOVE to have you join up!

Super Goal Sunday is a weekly linky party where you post a goal for this week. Your goal can be anything! Then, you come back and link your blog post up at the bottom of this post in the linky tool. Then grab the button above and link back to this post on your blog.

Here is a blank one that you can use to add your own goal.

Here is my goal for this week!

An InLinkz Link-up

Can't wait to read your goals!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Five for Fraturday

One week down! WOOHOO!

I can't remember if I told you (I've slept since then...), but I am doing a long-term sub position in 3rd grade math and science.

I don't know about you, but I am tired. There's no tired like a teacher after her first week of school. People in the corporate world just don't get it I think.

To let you know about my week, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her weekly linky party.

Let's get it started!


math facts game

math facts game

To practice our addition facts, we played a simple dice game. Students play in pairs and get two dice. One player rolls the dice. You add the two numbers. Whichever play says the sum first gets to roll the dice next. Play continues until time is up...or until you've had enough!


We have been working on place value this week. I taught them how to compare numbers using the one dot/two dots method. The bigger number gets two dots, and the smaller number gets one dot. Then just connect the dots to compare them! If they are the same, both get two dots to make the equal sign. It's so much easier than the crocodile or alligator method. I don't even know is people still use that!

For this activity, we were comparing four numbers, so they put 4 blanks with a comma. Students put the cards (numbers 1-9 or you can add the King to equal 0) in a pile facing down. Flip over one card. Each player puts the number in a spot in one of the four blanks. Cover their answer so the other player doesn't see it. Once you write it in a spot, you CANNOT erase it and move it to another spot! Continue flipping cards until all blanks are full. Then players show the numbers and compare the two numbers, using the one dot/two dots method. It's such a fun way to compare numbers!

Here is our anchor chart for comparing numbers.

In my higher class, we took it to the next level and compared five digit numbers. They got pretty good at it!


We practice our facts every day. After playing the dice game several times, I taught them Addition War. Using a deck of cards with the numbers 1 (Ace) - 9, players divide the deck up between them. On the count of 1, 2, 3...flip, each player flips over their card. Players add the two numbers. The first player to say the sum gets to keep the two cards and puts them at the bottom of their deck. Play continues until time is up or one player has all the cards. They loved it! I love the sounds of fun and laughter in my math class!

The next day we added in a new element to the game.

Players keep score on their paper, with each player keeping score on their sheet. If Yovanni said the answer first, then we both write down the fact under Yovanni. If Ms. H says it first, then we both write it under Ms. H. It's a great way to make the students accountable.


Have you ever made a human number? All you need to do is write the numbers 0-9 each on a separate sheet of paper. Add in a comma (or two) depending on if you go to the thousands or millions place. Pass out the papers so that students have one paper. Some students won't have a paper and will get to play in the next round.

Call out a number and have the students go up to the front of the classroom to make that number.

Then....make it fun and challenging! I call out a different number using the same digits.

I ask for a volunteer to go up to the front and physically move each human number to the right spot. I then ask the students for a thumbs up or thumbs down if the number is correct.

They absolutely loved it! It was challenging for them when I added in a 0. It sometimes took several helpers to get the correct number.

They have begged me to play it again!


Did you read my blog yesterday? I am participating in the Texas SIZE LinkUp Party and am giving away one of my newest products! Go HERE to participate and possibly win it!

Here are some of the photos you'd get!

Have you ever used photographs in the classroom? Here are some great ideas!

Go enter the giveaway now! It ends tonight!

Hope you had a great week!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Texas SIZE Link-Up (Historical Photos)

Howdy! I'm stoked that I am participating in the big Texas SIZE Link-Up this month!

I have decided to celebrate my first Texas SIZE Link-Up with my newest product.....

Historical Photos!

Have you ever used photographs in the classroom?

Photographs have so many fabulous uses in the classroom! Not only are you bringing in realia, which is so important in today's world, but photographs show students what objects and places actually look like. 

Here are some of the photos that you'd get!

Can't think of ways to use photos in the classroom?

Check out these ideas!

Ready to win it?

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Good luck!