Lesson Plans 1/23/17-1/27/17

3rd - 5th: STEM: Earth's Water
Kinder - 2nd grades


Lesson Plans: 1/17/17-2/3/17

3rd-5th: STEM lesson plan: NGSS: 5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.
Kinder-2nd: Reading Nonfiction

Lesson Plans: 1/9/17-1/13/17

3rd-5th: Adding a user to a Chromebook and logging into Google Classroom.
Kinder-2nd: Reading Nonfiction

Lesson Plans: 1/3/17-1/6/17

2nd-5th: Library Book Survey
Kinder-1st: Reading Nonfiction


Books read so far this year!

Standards for Charts or Graphs with Google Docs

3D Standards: Charts or Graphs with Google Docs
CCSS: 7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
Model School Library Standards: 2.1.a Draw meaning from illustrations, photographs, diagrams, charts, graphs, maps, and captions.
ISTE: 3: Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
ISTE: 6: Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.


Kitayama's K-5 Hour of Code

Kitayama’s parents and guardians are invited to attend our Hour Of Code using Code.org <https://code.org/learn> with their students during their students Library prep class 12/12/2016 – 12/16/2016.
Watch the video: “President Obama asks America to learn computer science” at https://youtu.be/6XvmhE1J9PY

Books read to date


Standards for Coding

Lesson Plan Change: 11/14-12/16: Coding

Kinder-1st grade: How to use Chromebooks
2nd-5th: Coding on Coding.org
See standards above
Students can use their Code.org school accounts in their classrooms and at home <https://code.org> .


Homemade light diffuser

When I read to students using the document camera and projector there is a glare from the fluorescent lights on the pages. If I turn off the lights I cannot see the words. Looking into the issue I found I could buy light diffusers for $35.00 per light. So I made one myself by laminating tissue paper and using double-sided duct tape to stick it to the lights. The width of the laminator is the right size (2 feet) and I ran a two four-foot lengths. The only problem is I used green and blue, so now under the lights my gray hair looks green!


Lesson Plans 11/7/16-12/2/16 Keyboarding

1st-5th: Keyboarding
Kinder: Using the computers
3D Model for Keyboarding in the Library (See post below)


Lesson Plans 10/31-11/4: Keyboarding

Halloween 10/31 and Mod Day: Check-in and out
Tk-Kinder: CYRM books and computer use
1st-5th: Keyboarding
3D Model for Keyboarding in the Library (See post below)

Lesson Plans 10/24-10/28 Keyboarding

Tk-Kinder: CYRM books and computer use
1st-5th: Keyboarding
3D Model for Keyboarding in the Library (See post below)3D Model for

Lesson Plans 10/17-10/21 Book Fair

TK - K: Book Fair and Computer use
1st-5th: Book Fair and Keyboarding
3D Model for Keyboarding in the Library (See post below)

Lesson Plans 10/10-10/14 Keyboarding

TK - K: Intro to computers
1st, 2nd, and 5th: Keyboarding Intro

3rd-4th: Keyboarding
3D Model for Keyboarding in the Library (See post below)

Lesson Plans 10/3 - 10/7 Keyboarding & CYRM

5th: Internet Safety Poster Due

Tk-K: Intro to Library
1st-2nd: Read Aloud: 2016 CYRM books
3rd-4th: Keyboarding Intro

3D Model for Keyboarding in the Library (See post below)


California Young Reader Medal Nominees

CYRM 2016-2017 Nominees:
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. 
I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein. 
It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall. 
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira. 
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett. 

Lesson Plans 9/24-9/28/16 Internet Safety & CYRM

Please watch this video from Common Sense Media: 
TK-Kinder: Internet Safety
5th-3rd: Internet Safety Test
2nd – 1st: Read Aloud: 2016 CYRM books
3D Model for Internet Safety in the Library (See post below)


Lesson Plans: 9/6-9/24 Internet Safety: Common Sense Media

1st-5th: Internet Safety using Common Sense Media 
See 3D Model for Internet Safety in the Library below.

3D Model for Internet Safety in the Library


The "NH TEACH-OLOGY" newsletter by Margaret Agbowo, our new Technology Integration Specialist, will be posted under "NHUSD TECH NEWSLETTER" on the lower right of this page.


Lesson Plans 9/1/16-9/7/16 and 9/12/16

First Check Out: 1st-5th
Interactive book: A visit to the library by Sarah C. Wohlrabe ; illustrated by Jeffrey Thompson.
Find library cards, check-out books, and finish survey (3-5)


Lesson Plans: 8/25/16 - 8/31/16

1st-5th: Library Procedures and Process 
2nd-5th: Student Technology Survey Fall 2016


24,619 Books were read at Kitayama this year!

Let Playing Card Tile 4 of Hearts Bingo number 6 ticket number 9

Thank you PTA for the new books!

PTA just bought the library books about cars and pets (Blastoff Readers, Level 2.)

Watch a Book in the Library 6/2-6/8

Charlotte's Web published in 1952, the first movie came out in 1973 and the latest movie 2006.


How to borrow an electronic book from Alameda County Library

How to borrow an electronic book from Alameda County Library and read it in your browser

  • Need a library account? You can register your child online. https://alam1.aclibrary.org/selfreg
  • Go to: overdrive.aclibrary.org
  • Scroll down to OverDrive for kids and click on it
  • When you find the book you want to borrow mouse over the book and click on borrow (you can also click on more to get more info on the book or click Sample to read the first few pages)
  • Type in your library card number
  • To continue reading your book at a later time follow the beginning instructions then click Account and enter your name and library card number
  • Books self delete after 3 weeks so you will never owe for a late book. 
  • You can also download the free Overdrive app to your device
  • Did you know you could get free passes to bay area museums with your library card?Go to: http://guides.aclibrary.org/discover

School Events May and June

4/18: Open House 5:30-7:30
4/20: Spirit Assembly
4/25: Kinder Experience
5/27: Bear Olympics
5/30: Holiday
5/31: 5th grade Social
6/1: Volunteer Tea
6/6: Runaway Caboose Assembly (K-1)
6/6: 5th grade Pool Party
6/7: Field day
6/8: Talent Show - Last Day of School

Lesson Plans Library

K-3rd: Review of Genres with movie Pagemaster
4th-5th: WeVideo


Lesson Plans 5/9-5/13

All student books due.
K-5: Destiny Quest Quiz

Lesson Plans 5/2-5/6

Last week of student check-out.
K-5 Destiny Quest