Swindle by:Olivia, Brooke, Kayla, Alex, and Breanna

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A few girls in Mrs. Goucher’s fifth grade class read the book, Swindle, by Gordan Korman. They wanted to re-create the book by making a short movie. It is broken into two parts. Enjoy!

Division Tutorial by Jordan, Alexis, and Tobyn

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Jordan, Alexis, and Tobyn are all-stars in math class.  They love to solve division problems and have a short tutorial for you that shows two different strategies you can use when you divide.  If you are having trouble or just want to review, this is the video for you. :0)

Multiplying Multi-digit whole numbers using Lattice by Alannah

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Do you find that you get lost in the steps when solving multiplication problems with more than one digit?  Have you tried the lattice method?  Well, here to show you how to use the model step by step is Alannah working with Olivia as video technician.  

My Huskey by Tirzah

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My Husky


Hi my name is Tirzah and I will be talking about my husky, Buster.  Buster is black and white, he has blue eyes, and is very fluffy. Also, the type he is, is a Siberian Husky thats where his blue eyes come from heres some pictures My Husky loves people, loves attention,and loves to play. here are some facts about them: Siberian huskies are playful and loving dogs. Siberian huskies are one one of the most gentle dogs you will ever find.


do you have a dog? have you ever seen a husky?

The Book Thief by: Lynnette Karch

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The book thief


Hi guys today I’m going to tell you about The Book Thief .The book thief is a really good book you should read if you can read big words I warn you though you should ask parents permission because it’s a adult book but anyways lets start talking about the book.Liesel is the main character and she has to go to a foster home because her mother was poor.She was on her way to meet her foster parents and her brother died and the other main character is a secret and you will have to find out yourself. Anyways they have buried the liesel’s brother a man was with them and he dropped a book. Liesel saw that he had dropped the book and picked it up liesel didn’t shout to him and say, Hey you dropped a book .Instead Liesel held it to her chest. Well that was my quick summary for The Book thief  hope you enjoyed ! Have you ever read the book thief? What are your words for the book thief if you have read it ?

                                Sincerly ,


Tower Garden by: Claire and Xander

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Tower Garden

         So what is a tower garden?  Well a tower garden is an aeroponic garden that does not use soil and uses 90% less water than plants growing in soil.  An aeroponic garden is a garden that grows plants in the air, or in a misty environment. (The plants in a tower garden do not actually float in the air. The plant’s roots sit in a tube (tower garden) and soak up water from the bottom.)

        The reason we have a tower garden is easy to explain. The fifth grade team here at P.T.E.S. decided to start using a tower garden so the fifth grade could give all the produce to the salad bar.  Right now in the tower garden we are growing lettuce (of course) snap peas, bok choy, broccoli, red peppers, artichoke, and more.The plants that we are growing right now are at least 2 maybe 1 and a half inches tall but they are still growing pretty fast.  (not too fast but fast) Now here is a smile box to show you how the tower garden has been doing:


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Snowy Owls by: Elisa

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Snowy Owl’s!!!

These large owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs. Clutch size depends upon the availability of food, and in particularly lean times a usually monogamous pair of owls may not breed at all. Parents are territorial and will defend their nests against all comers-even wolf.

Young owls, especially males, get whiter as they get older. Females are darker than males, with dusky spotting, and never become totally white. Some elderly males do become completely white, though many retain small flecks of dusky plumage.

The snowy owl is a patient hunter that perches and waits to identify its prey before soaring off in pursuit. Snowy owls have keen eyesight and great hearing, which can help them find prey that is invisible under thick vegetation or snowcover. The owls deftly snatch their quarry with their sharp talons.

A snowy owl’s preferred meal is lemmings—many lemmings. An adult may eat more than 1,600 lemmings a year, or three to five every day. The birds supplement their diet with rabbits, rodents, birds, and fish.The regal Snowy Owl is one of the few birds that can get even non-birders to come out for a look.

Well, here are some picture’s of Snowy Owl’s!Snowy!



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Andrew: What inspired you to have band?

GAS: We were at lunch and we were talking about how we all play instruments. So we thought it was cool and we had the idea to start a little band. The Principal heard us  and thought that it was a great idea. So now we are G.A.S.    Cody: How were you guys able to play at Camp Invention?

GAS: Well, Principle Wallace came to us and asked us if we can make camp have a great ending so that is how we were able to play there.

Nic: How did you come up with the name G.A.S?

GAS: Well we didn’t come up with it….more like the teachers.We were trying to come up with some name and a group of teachers came and said you should be guys at SMES G-A-S.Thats a cool name.


Andrew: Do you have BAD gas?

GAS: Yes, we all do..

These guy’s really put the pedal to the metal

when it came to music these gassy guys are all teachers keep in mind.The band was awesome the band is called Gas! It stands for Guys At Smes! They had there cool sunglasses and a drummist, 2 guitarists, and a singer. I think they need to sing a little louder because  they didn’t sing so loud I’m not saying there bad or  anything I just think they would work that improvement.  People in the crowd were going crazy and wild and the teachers were cheering us on. We thank GAS for coming to our school and we were lucky to have them come and play .


                     O-O     I SEE YOU LATER.


The One and Only By:Justin and Cody

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The One and Only By:Justin and Cody

   You may not believe this but we are the only Monarch Way Station in the East valley!  The thing that we are the most surprised about is that they actually visit us, but it’s not just Monarchs that visit us.  Many other different butterfly species come that are just as interesting as the Monarch.  To learn more about these insignificant, but amazing creatures.  Read on…

                 Monarch  By: Cody

   The monarch butterfly’s colors are black, orange, and white.  It’s kind of like a halloween butterfly.  The monarch butterfly is a milkweed butterfly.  It’s in the family of Nymphalidae. The Monarch butterflies are possibly the best known butterfly of north american butterflies.   You may not know this but monarchs go through four generations a year.

Pipevine Swallowtail By: Justin

   The Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly is a beautiful species.  It is mostly black, with a shade of electric blue, and orange spots.  They are usually found in North and central America, during April to October it is seen in northern areas and during february to November it is seen in southern areas.  One of it’s predators is the ,Bald Faced Hornet.  It’s main diet is virginia Snakeroot, Common Milkweed, Bull thistle, Japanese Honeysuckle, and butterfly Bush.

!Thanks For Reading!

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Kevin James Home Is Where Family Is by: Kaitlyn

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Kevin James Home Is Where Family Is


Hi my name is Kaitlyn I am starting a program for hospitalised children who have to stay in the hospital through the special holidays like Christmas.The reason why I am doing this is when my brother was in the hospital I got to thinking about the children in the hospital and I said to myself hopefully they don’t have to stay here through special holidays.Thats where I got my start.I am selling teddy bears so if you buy one you  give one because I would bring a teddy bear to my brother in the hospital.

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