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I created this is interactive lesson to introduce middle - high school students (secondary level) to the Dewey Decimal System. I used the basic principles of the DDS and simplified the concepts so ...

I created this is interactive lesson to introduce middle - high school students (secondary level) to the Dewey Decimal System. I used the basic principles of the DDS and simplified the concepts so that it is easier to comprehend.

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• Cataloging 101: Learn How Your Library Organizes All Those Books! Virginia Barnhart
• Back when your parents wanted to locate a book or other materials in the library, they probably used these kinds of card catalogs.
• Now, you can access your school library’s catalog from any computer at school, home, or anywhere else with an Internet connection!
• A Call Number is created differently for fiction and nonfiction literary works. What’s fiction and…? Fiction is a literary work Non-Fiction is a literary work based on imagination. based on facts.
• Fiction books are classified/given a call number by using the first three letters of the primary author’s last name. Since some books have multiple authors, the publisher decides who is the primary. We add a capital “F” for fiction, followed by the primary author’s first three letters of their last name. For example, for Stephenie Meyer’s book Twilight, the call number would be: F MEY. Notice that we also capitalize the first three letters of the last name…some libraries may or may not capitalize all three letters.
• What’s the Dewey? The Dewey Decimal System (DDS) is a system of ten main categories that libraries use to classify (arrange and organize) books in a library’s collection. Using the DDS, libraries create call numbers for their materials. Those ten categories keep on dividing to more specific categories, but for now you will only learn the
• If a call number starts with a zero, it’s part of the “000s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: computer science, information, and general works. If a call number starts with a one, it’s part of the “100s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: philosophy and psychology.
• If a call number starts with a two, it’s part of the “200s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: religion. If a call number starts with a three, it’s part of the “300s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: social sciences.
• If a call number starts with a four, it’s part of the “400s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: language. If a call number starts with a five, it’s part of the “500s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: science.
• If a call number starts with a six, it’s part of the “600s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: technology. If a call number starts with a seven, it’s part of the “700s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: arts and recreation.
• If a call number starts with an eight, it’s part of the “800s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: literature. If a call number starts with a nine, it’s part of the “900s” classification of DDS. The books found under this call number are on the subject(s) of: history and geography.
• Wait a minute…if the 800’s are for literature, won’t I find fiction books there? Great Point! While fiction literary works could be classified in the 800’s, most libraries (like ours) use a separate system, otherwise we would have an enormous 800s section! As previously mentioned, for fiction books we use a capital “F” for fiction, followed by the first three letters of the primary author’s last name.
• After the assigned Dewey Decimal number, a book’s call number will include the first three letters of the primary author’s last name. So if you come across a book whose call number is: 576.83 ASI You will know the primary author’s last name starts with the letters Asi and since the call number is in the 500’s the book’s subject must be about Science.
• Now, let’s see if you can “Do the Dew…ey!”
• In a call number, what follows the assigned DDS number ? The first three letters A period. of the primary author’s last name.
• Correct! Next Question
• Try Again! Back to Question
• Based on the following book’s call number, 917.3 GOL, what is the book’s topic? History & Geography Religion
• Correct! Next Question
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• What is the main topic for the following book: 745 CRE? Arts & Technology Recreation
• Correct! Next Question
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• What would be the most accurate call number for the following book: Signing: How to Speak With Your Hands? 519… 419…
• Correct! Next Question
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• What classification would best suit the following book: A Multicultural World? Social Literature Sciences
• Correct! Next…
• Try Again! Back to Question
• Great Job!