Lesson Plan: 8.21.19 to 8.23.19

Grades 1st to 5th: Welcome to Kitayama

Students must know their Google account!

Lesson Plans 8.26.19 to 8.30.19

Grades 1st to 5th: Intro to the Library

The Chromebook Keyboard

Lesson Plans 9.3.19 to 9.9.19

Grades 1st to 5th:
Do you know your school Google Account?
First check-out

Lesson Plans 9.10.19 to 9.27.19

Grades 1st-5th: Internet Safety

Book Fair Website

eWallet For the Book Fair


Lesson Plans: 4/15/19-5/17/19

TK-5th: Writing book reviews and filming book trailers


Lesson Plans 3/25/19-4/12/19

2nd - 5th Grade: Do you know the parts of Nonfiction Text?
TK - 1st: Parts of Nonfiction Text

Google Account Test: 4/8/19-4/12/19


April 1st-5th: Spring Break
April 15th-26th: Testing: 3rd-5th
April 29-May 3rd: Last Check-Out
May 6th-11th: All Books Due
May 13th-17th: Book Fair
May 27th: Memorial Day
June 13th: Last Day of School



March Lessons

Why is Keyboarding important? 
Computer skills and typing skills have become increasingly important to many in their ever day lives, students included. If you know how to use the computer efficiently, it becomes easier to get things done quickly. This includes knowing how to use software programs and hardware devices. Both enable users to finish tasks on the computer, such as homework assignments, chapter quizzes, and essays. If you know how to use the computer you can also take advantage of using software programs and their hardware devices to have fun.

TK-1st: Parts of a Nonfiction book
2nd-5th: Keyboarding


Lesson Plans: 1/7/19-2/1/19

TK-2nd: Tour of book shelves and how to sort books
TK-K: Rookie Readers
1st: Everyday books (E)
2nd: Chapter books (F)

3rd-5th: Email test and database treasure hunt

2nd-5th: Coding


Email Test 1/7/19-1/11/19

All 3rd-5th grade students must know their school email address and password.
Students who have passed the email test do not need to take the test again.




Add On: Lesson 12/10-12/14

What is Britannica School? It is a safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information resource for Elementary, Middle, and High School. Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.
No password is needed for on-campus internet connections.
Off campus: Ask student or Mrs. Vranjes for username and password. 


Add On: Lesson 12/4/18-12/10/18

What is the difference between using "Guest" and "Student"
Speed vs Bandwidth Explained ... see video


Books read Year to date at Kitayama

Can you see the number?

Hint: Look at the nose of the train.

Yes, Seven thousand, eight hundred twenty-two!

Lesson Plans: 12/3/18-1/11/19

TK-5TH: Coding using Code.org


Lesson Plans 11/26/18-11/30/18

TK-5th: Code.org


Thanksgiving Holiday 11/19-11/23

Lesson Plans: 11/13-11/16 and 11/26

TK-5th: How to use Destiny Discover (our Library catalog)


Number of books read at Kitayama Year to Date

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Lesson Plans 11/5/18-11/9/18

3rd-5th Grade: Email address and password Test
TK-5th Grade: Signing on to Chromebooks using QR Codes


CHANGED: Lesson Plan 10/29/18-11/2/18

Lesson Plan Change TK-5th
We are going to learn to use QR codes (enabled by Clever ) to log into our new library HP Chromebooks.



Grades 2nd-5th
Your students have accounts on https://typing.com
Their Username is the first part of their email address (before the @ sign).
Their password is their email password.


Final Email tests for first report card 11/5-11/9

FINAL EMAIL TEST for first report card: 11/5-11/9
3rd Grade test: Email password
4th-5th grade test: Email password and WHOLE email address


Book Fair 10/15-10/19

The Book Fair is in the library during your student's library prep class. Below are the library prep days for your students by rooms.

  • Mon: 23, 29, 12/1, 20, 15, 31
  • Tues: 16, 34/30, 2/1, 22/28, 14,
  • Wed: 17, 35/30, 3/1, 24/28, 9, 36
  • Thur: 18, 37, 4/1, 25, 8, 33
  • Fri: 26, 38, 6/1, 27, 7, 32


Lesson Plans: 10/15/18-10/26/18

1st-5th: Keyboarding
TK and Kinder: Internet Safety, Intro to the HP Touch Chromebook, and Keyboarding

Lesson Plans: 9/27/18-10/12/18

Grades 1st-5th: Internet Safety
10/01/18-10/05/18: TK and Kinder: Welcome to the Library
FIRST email testing starts after: 10/3/18
Grade 3 test: Email Password
Grade 4-5 test: Email Address and password

Lesson Plans: 9/19/18-9/26/18

Grades: 3rd-5th: Email worksheet
Grades: 1st-2nd: Internet Safety

Lesson Plans: 8/29-9/15

We are getting ready for an awesome school year. We are learning our school and library rules, finding our library cards, checking out our first library books, scanning our reading textbooks, and learning how to sort our books.


Assignments in the Library

Your student's assignments, due dates, and my lesson plans are posted on this blog.
Your students grade for the first trimester (due 11/9/18) will be based on their level in the keyboarding program AND ...
Grade 3: must know their school email password
Grades 4-5: must know their school email address and password

Welcome Back to School!

The library is open before school 7:45 to 8:00 and after school 2:05 to 2:15. You may read, check out or in books, work on the computers, talk to Mrs. Vranjes, and/or do homework.
You may check out five books at a time before or after school. You have a week (7 days) to read the books.


Books read YTD


Student Work

I started a new tab called "Student Work" where I will post my students work. Check it out ... click on the tab "Student Work" above. Below is an example of our last assignment using Story Bird.com (click on the picture to see the poem).