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Dewey Decimal Classification System - The Library Sorting Game

Dewey Decimal Classification System - The Library Sorting Game



A first introduction to the Dewey Decimal Classification System for lower elementary students.

A first introduction to the Dewey Decimal Classification System for lower elementary students.



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  • Before we can start with the sorting game – which is actually about how books are arranged on the shelves in a library – we need to review two things: The library’s main sections The make up of a call number. Who remembers the names of the different sections? We will focus to begin with on the easy, fiction and nonfiction section. Now we will look at the different parts of a call number. Where do we find a call number usually? (A: Spine) [Send three students to each of the main sections to find out what a call number is made up of: How many parts? What do the parts stand for? What is the same, what is different between the call numbers of the different sections?] Remains one question: what do the numbers in the call numbers for nonfiction stand for? (lead over to the “sorting game”)

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  • Dewey Decimal Classification System The Library Sorting Game An Introduction for Gr1 Students Dewey Decimal System
  • Sections & Call Numbers Dewey Decimal System
    • Sections you know:
    • Easy Section
    • Fiction Section
    • Nonfiction Section
    • Call Numbers you know:
    • Part I: J = Junior School Library
    • Part II: E = Easy, F = Fiction, ( number ) = Nonfiction
    • Part III: first three letters of the author’s last name
    J E/F/(number) XXX J E BRO J 950 FOS
  • Sorting Food Items Banana, cucumber, potato, mango, carrot, pineapple, apple, green beans FRUITS VEGETABLES Dewey Decimal System
  • Sorting Grocery Items Bread, juice, soap, water, doughnut, lemonade, cake, perfume, shampoo Drinks Pastries Toiletries Dewey Decimal System
  • Sorting Library Books Books about cars, elephants, bicycles, baseball, lions, tennis, soccer, snakes, and planes. Wild Life Sports Transportation Dewey Decimal System
  • The Dewey Decimal Classification System
    • Invented by librarian
    • Melvil Dewey (1851-1931)
    • Groups nonfiction books on the same topic together
    • 10 hundred groups ( 000-999 )
    • WHY?
    • Easy to locate books
    • Facilitates browsing
    Dewey Decimal System
  • 100s and 200s
    • 100s
    • Philosophy & Psychology
    • (how we think and feel)
    • 200s
    • Religion
    • (what we believe in)
    Dewey Decimal System
  • 300s and 400s
    • 300s
    • Social Studies
    • (how we organize ourselves)
    • 400s
    • Language
    • (how we communicate)
    Dewey Decimal System
  • 500s and 600s
    • 500s
    • Natural Science
    • (things from nature)
    • 600s
    • Applied Science
    • (man-made things or what man made out of nature)
    Dewey Decimal System
  • 700s and 800s
    • 700s
    • Fine Arts & Recreation
    • (what we do in our free time)
    • 800s
    • Literature
    • (stories, plays, poetry)
    • All fiction used to be in this group!
    Dewey Decimal System
  • 900s and 000s
    • 900s
    • History & Geography
    • (events and people from the past, countries)
    • 000s
    • Generalities
    • (books that address many different or
    • unexplained subjects)
    Encyclopedia Guinness Book of Records Bigfoot: Man, Monster or Myth? Dewey Decimal System
  • Let’s “Dew” it!
    • In which section would you look for books on animals?
    • Nonfiction Section
    • In which Dewey hundred group would you look for books on wild life?
    • 500s (i.e. Natural Science)
    • During check out, try to locate books on a topic that interests you with what you have learned today!
    Dewey Decimal System
  • The DDC is cool, right? Dewey Decimal System
  • Bibliography
    • “ Do We” Really Know Dewey? 12 May 2010. http://library.thinkquest.org/5002/
    Dewey Decimal System