We have learned therecipe for making anonfiction call number. numbers (for the subject)first three letters ofthe author’s last name
Now let’s learn moreabout the numbers in a nonfiction call number.
How do we know what number goes with each subject ?By using something cool called The Dewey Decimal System !!
The Dewey DecimalSystem is a tool used to sort books into groups or categories
This system was invented by a mannamed Melvil Dewey. He was a librarian who lived long ago.
Sorting books bysubject, what abrilliant idea!!I think I’ve got it !!
10 general groupsfor sorting all of the subjects General means broad, lots of subjects will fit into each group.
Here are the 10 general groups for sorting books inthe Dewey Decimal System:General Works PhilosophyReligion Social StudiesLanguage ScienceTechnology Arts and LeisureLiterature History/Geography
This seems like alot to remember, but don’t worry you’ll learn it allquickly. So let’s get going !!!!
000s-General Works Books that fit in this group have many different subjects in them. Like:Encyclopedias or The Guinness Book of RecordsThis is also where books onunexplained subjects would befound-like The Loch Ness Monster.
100s-PhilosophyBooks that fit in this grouptell about how we think andfeel.
200s-ReligionBooks in this group tellabout different religions orstories from the bible.
300s-Social Studies Books in this group tell about how people live together.holidays and customsgovernment, military
Fairy tales and folk talesare also placed in the 300s. Many were written to teach a lesson about behavior and.. That’s social studies.
400s-LanguageBooks in this group areabout different languagesor grammar. noun verb adjective
500s-Science Books in this group areabout things from nature.
600s-TechnologyThis group has books that areabout man-made things.
700s-Arts and LeisureBooks in this group areabout things we do for fun.
800s-Literature Books in this group arestories, plays, or poetry.This is the group fictionbooks were put in long agowhen The Dewey DecimalSystem was first invented.
Today we have too manyfiction books in ourlibraries to organize themin this way, so fictionbooks have their own wayof being organized.You know, in ABC order, by author !
900s- History/GeographyBooks in this group tellabout events of the pastand countries of the world.
Biography- 92Don’t forget this group.It contains books aboutfamous people’s lives.
Knowing these biggroups will help makeit easier to find thebooks you want in thenonfiction section.
Remember, nonfiction callnumbers are placed innumber order first, sothat means all of thebooks about the samesubject end up near eachother on the shelf.That’s Smart !!!!
Let’s See What You’ve Learned Call numbers help us find the books wewant to read !!!
1. What is the recipefor a nonfiction callnumber?Numbers (for the subject)First three letters inthe author’s last name
2. What system tells uswhat numbers go witheach subject?Dewey Decimal System
3. Who is responsiblefor inventing the DeweyDecimal System? Melvil Dewey
4. Mr. Dewey matched a number with each _____________.b) authorc) subjectd) title
5. All school libraries use the Dewey Decimal System.b) falsec) true