Recipe for Success

I asked parents and students at back to school night to write down their 5 most important ingredients to a successful school year. Here are the results of everything that was written down. Thank you for your thoughts.

Wordle 2014

What is Your Recipe for a Successful School Year?


Welcome to 2nd grade at Peralta Trail Elementary School. As we begin a new school year, we also begin a new theme throughout our school. Our theme this year is Recipe for Success. Each classroom teacher picked a restaurant style name for their classroom and our classroom will be SixCats Café. (Yes, I have six cats at home.) Using this name and the personalities of my cats, I have come up with a Recipe for Success to have a successful school year for students, parents, community members, as well as me.

Before I share my Recipe for Success, I would like to hear what your Recipe for Success for a successful school year would be. If you could please reply to this thread and share what you think makes a successful school year, I would appreciate it. Students, parents, community, and teacher all must work together for a successful school year so I would love to have your input.

Thank you. I look forward to a successful school year working together.


Our Favorite Part of Second Grade

As a fun way to recap the 2013-2014 school year, students shared what their favorite part of second grade was.

Our Advice to Next Year’s Second Graders

After spending the year in second grade, we have advice to share for students entering second grade next year. Please enjoy listening to our words of advice.

Bring on the Testing!

We have worked hard all year and know we will do a great job. Here’s a little song we sang to get ourselves pumped up and ready. Enjoy!

Mrs. Tucker’s Second Grade is Ready For You to See Our Scores

Emperor Penguins

Our class spent the last week learning about and researching Emperor Penguins. Please read below about the student’s experiences in a test we did trying to waddle with eggs.
NH Tucker


By Allie
We did an activity that involved us learning about how hard and difficult it is for a male penguin to carry the egg of a female emperor penguin. What we did was we had to have an egg. Then we had to give the egg to our partner without our hands. Then we had to walk as far as we could without dropping, breaking, or cracking our egg.

By Cassandra
My class just acted like a penguin. We had an egg and waddled. I only got like 2 inches. The teacher got like one step. Others got almost 6 inches. We also passed the eggs to each other. That is just as hard as waddling. It looks easy, but it is hard.

By Aneecia
We pretended that we were penguins. My partner had to give me the egg. Then we had to waddle all the way to the horseshoe table. The first try, I missed. Then my second try I was walking then I squished it. My partner and I had to stand across and I had the egg and I had to put it on my shoe and walk to her. The first try we messed up so we tried again and messed up. Then we did it and we showed the teacher that.

By Kaylynn
We had fake eggs and we put it on our feet to try and see how far we could go with our partners. My partner and I tried two times. I went farther than her. She laid the egg and she had to pass it to me without letting it touch the ground. We did it. Ours didn’t touch the ground because we got really close together so it didn’t fall off our feet. We dropped it a couple times. We did it 4 or 5 times. We were happy.

By Cole
What we just did was we put a fake egg on our feet and got to see how far we can go with the egg on our feet. Then one penguin had to waddle to our partner. It was really hard. Now I know how hard it is to be a penguin.

By Lincoln
We had to balance an egg on our feet because Emperor Penguins have to do that. We tried waddling with an egg. We even told our teacher facts about penguins.


By Kylee
We were acting like an Emperor Penguin. We had a fake egg and everyone tried it and they were with a partner. We were going and Mrs. Tucker tried it too. It was fun.

By Jewel
My partner and I put a fake egg in between our feet and waddled to our partner. We put it in between their feet. Then we switched sides. Then my partner waddled over and put the egg in between my feet without it falling or cracking.

By Anna
An emperor penguin is the biggest penguin. The father has a hard job that is to make sure that the egg is safe. But the father is lucky he gets to see the baby first. When the mother comes back, she gets sick and spits out the food. Then the father gets a vacation when the mother has the baby.

By Jack
I learned being a penguin is hard work. With an egg on our feet it is hard to do. It looks easy, but it is hard.


By Jayden and Devin
We were learning about Emperor Penguins and we started reading books. We tried to carry eggs on our feet like penguins. It’s very, very, very hard. You can try it at home.


By Julliet
We got an egg and put it between our feet and tried to pass it to our partner. If it cracks or falls, your baby penguin died. We tried it over and over back and forth.


Our Dream Gingerbread Candy Houses

Second graders at Peralta Trail Elementary School closed the Fall Semester with a fun project to let their imagination and creativity flow. Students wrote about what their dream gingerbread candy house would look like. Some preferred their candy house to be two-feet long – even measuring out how long that would be. Others described the different kinds of candy they would use as building materials – and how they would have to try hard not to eat it all. Following the writing project, parents were invited to the classroom and help their child create the dream candy house with graham crackers, lots of frosting, and candy. Most of the materials made it on to the houses, though some students did have evidence of frosting on their faces. A great time was had by all!

What would your dream candy house be made of?


The World of Our Grandparents – Blogging Challenge Week 6

For this week’s blogging challenge, we decided to take a little twist to it. Students are asked to work with their family to answer the following two questions. Grandparents are also encouraged to leave their own comments for us. Thank you!

Question 1: Survey the students. Where were their grandparents born? How many are immigrants to the country they now live in?

Question 2: What is the most important invention created since your grandparents were born? You might need to ask them and others of their generation.

The Superstition Mountains – Blogging Challenge Week 2

Our classroom decided to tell you about the Superstition Mountains for Week 2. You can see the Superstition Mountains from anywhere in our town. Please watch the video to learn more about the Superstition Mountains.

Mrs. Tucker’s Class discusses the Superstition Mountains.


OREO Project 2013

Group Art Photo

OREO Project 2013 – Stacking. Please watch this video to see how much fun we had stacking our Oreos and graphing our results!

Oreo Project

By Jack, Ian, Tessa, Carlos, and Allie

We used Oreos to do the project. We tried our best. We like stacking them. It was interesting to see our goals. We got to eat other Oreos. It was a hands-on project. We learned math at the same time we did it. We had fun at the same time. We think we should have more then two turns. We did a graph. We didn’t notice we did math when we did it. We liked it because the teacher did it too. This was our first time doing the project. Mrs. Tucker’s class got an average of 17 Oreos in all. I enjoyed it because it was very interesting.


Oreo Project

By Easton, Lincoln, Kyle, and Ryan

We got to stack Oreos carefully and one by one. People all around the world did it. We have to stack them gently. We want to have a third chance. We have to stack them on top of each other. We can’t use two hands. We can’t shake the table. If they’re broken, you can’t stack it. You have your own stack of Oreos. If the Oreo has a fat side, you should put the lighter side first. We have to stack them carefully. If we are hungry, do not eat the Oreos! If you don’t put one how you like it, you cannot fix it if you took your hand off it.


The Oreo Project

By 5 Girls: Emma, Cassandra, Kaylynn, Jewel, and Anna

To make it harder, do three stacks at a time. I think we should use a finger. We think it should be timed. We should be timed for 5 minutes and we could use two hands. We can make a castle with Oreos in five minutes without it falling down. We can make pictures with Oreos. We can make snowmen out of the cream. We can take the cream out of the Oreo and make an ice cream. We can make a gingerbread house out of the cream and Oreos are the windows.


Oreo Project

By Julliet, Emily, Amber, and Aneecia

The project is about how many Oreos you can stack. You have to wait when your stack falls. We enjoyed when we were stacking a lot of Oreos. We enjoyed stacking the Oreos on each other and when Mrs. Tucker stacked the Oreos. We liked when we enjoyed doing this and watching Mrs. Tucker get 18.


Oreo Art

OREO Project 2013 – Sculpting. After stacking our Oreos, graphing our results, and comparing our results with other classes, we created sculptures using the cream from the Oreos.

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