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The Numbers
in Nonfiction
Call Numbers
• As you recall in our last lesson, we
learned about call numbers for
fiction books.
• FIC at the top means t...
• These letters help us find a fiction
book on the shelves.
• Nonfiction books are arranged in
number order and work a lit...
Now you are ready for
Nonfiction Call Number
Numbers at the top
first three letters of the
author’s last name on the
bottom
Example
629.228
First three letters
of the author’s last
name
Indicates a
nonfiction book
Ram
We have learned the
recipe for making a
nonfiction call number.
numbers (for the subject)
first three letters of
the autho...
Now let’s learn more
about 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 !!
How do we know
what number goes
with each subject ?
By using something cool called
The Dewey Decimal
System !!
The Dewey Decimal
System is a tool used
to sort books into
groups or
categories
This system was
invented by a man
named Melvil Dewey.
He was a
librarian who
lived long ago.
Sorting books by
subject, what a
brilliant idea!!
I think I’ve got it !!
10 general groups
for 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 in
the Dewey Decimal System:
General Works Philosophy
Religion Social Stu...
This seems like a
lot to remember,
but don’t worry
you’ll learn it all
quickly.
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 ...
100s-Philosophy
Books that fit in this group
tell about how we think and
feel.
200s-Religion
Books in this group tell
about different religions or
stories from the bible.
300s-Social Studies
Books in this group tell
about how people live
together.
holidays and customs
government, military
Fairy tales and folk tales
are also placed in the 300s.
Many were written to teach a
lesson about behavior and..
That’s so...
400s-Language
Books in this group are
about different languages
or grammar.
noun
verb
adjective
500s-Science
Books in this group are
about things from nature.
600s-Technology
This group has books that are
about man-made things.
700s-Arts and Leisure
Books in this group are
about things we do for fun.
800s-Literature
Books in this group are
stories, jokes, plays, or
poetry.
This is the group fiction
books were put in long...
Today we have too many
fiction books in our
libraries to organize them
in this way, so fiction
books have their own way
of...
900s-
History/Geography
Books in this group tell
about events of the past
and countries of the world.
Biography- 92
Don’t forget this group.
It contains books about
famous people’s lives.
Knowing these big
groups will help make
it easier to find the
books you want in the
nonfiction section.
Remember, nonfiction call
numbers are placed in
number order first, so
that means all of the
books about the same
subject ...
Let’s See What You’ve
Learned
Call numbers
help us find
the books we
want to read !!!
1. What is the recipe
for a nonfiction call
number?
Numbers (for the subject)
First three letters in
the author’s last name
2. What system tells us
what numbers go with
each subject?
Dewey Decimal System
3. Who is responsible
for inventing the Dewey
Decimal System?
Melvil Dewey
4. Mr. Dewey matched
a number with each
_____________.
a) author
b) subject
c) title
5. All school libraries
use the Dewey
Decimal System.
a) false
b) true
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  1. 1. The Numbers in Nonfiction
  2. 2. Call Numbers • As you recall in our last lesson, we learned about call numbers for fiction books. • FIC at the top means that it is a fiction book. • The bottom three letters are the first three letters for the author’s last name.
  3. 3. • These letters help us find a fiction book on the shelves. • Nonfiction books are arranged in number order and work a little differently.
  4. 4. Now you are ready for Nonfiction Call Number Numbers at the top first three letters of the author’s last name on the bottom
  5. 5. Example 629.228 First three letters of the author’s last name Indicates a nonfiction book Ram
  6. 6. We have learned the recipe for making a nonfiction call number. numbers (for the subject) first three letters of the author’s last name
  7. 7. Now let’s learn more about the numbers in a nonfiction call number.
  8. 8. How do we know what number goes with each subject ? By using something cool called The Dewey Decimal System !!
  9. 9. How do we know what number goes with each subject ? By using something cool called The Dewey Decimal System !!
  10. 10. The Dewey Decimal System is a tool used to sort books into groups or categories
  11. 11. This system was invented by a man named Melvil Dewey. He was a librarian who lived long ago.
  12. 12. Sorting books by subject, what a brilliant idea!! I think I’ve got it !!
  13. 13. 10 general groups for sorting all of the subjects General means broad, lots of subjects will fit into each group.
  14. 14. Here are the 10 general groups for sorting books in the Dewey Decimal System: General Works Philosophy Religion Social Studies Language Science Technology Arts and Leisure Literature History/Geography
  15. 15. This seems like a lot to remember, but don’t worry you’ll learn it all quickly. So let’s get going !!!!
  16. 16. 000s-General Works Books that fit in this group have many different subjects in them. Like: Encyclopedias or The Guinness Book of Records This is also where books on unexplained subjects would be found-like The Loch Ness Monster.
  17. 17. 100s-Philosophy Books that fit in this group tell about how we think and feel.
  18. 18. 200s-Religion Books in this group tell about different religions or stories from the bible.
  19. 19. 300s-Social Studies Books in this group tell about how people live together. holidays and customs government, military
  20. 20. Fairy tales and folk tales are also placed in the 300s. Many were written to teach a lesson about behavior and.. That’s social studies.
  21. 21. 400s-Language Books in this group are about different languages or grammar. noun verb adjective
  22. 22. 500s-Science Books in this group are about things from nature.
  23. 23. 600s-Technology This group has books that are about man-made things.
  24. 24. 700s-Arts and Leisure Books in this group are about things we do for fun.
  25. 25. 800s-Literature Books in this group are stories, jokes, plays, or poetry. This is the group fiction books were put in long ago when The Dewey Decimal System was first invented.
  26. 26. Today we have too many fiction books in our libraries to organize them in this way, so fiction books have their own way of being organized. You know, in ABC order, by author !
  27. 27. 900s- History/Geography Books in this group tell about events of the past and countries of the world.
  28. 28. Biography- 92 Don’t forget this group. It contains books about famous people’s lives.
  29. 29. Knowing these big groups will help make it easier to find the books you want in the nonfiction section.
  30. 30. Remember, nonfiction call numbers are placed in number order first, so that means all of the books about the same subject end up near each other on the shelf. That’s Smart !!!!
  31. 31. Let’s See What You’ve Learned Call numbers help us find the books we want to read !!!
  32. 32. 1. What is the recipe for a nonfiction call number? Numbers (for the subject) First three letters in the author’s last name
  33. 33. 2. What system tells us what numbers go with each subject? Dewey Decimal System
  34. 34. 3. Who is responsible for inventing the Dewey Decimal System? Melvil Dewey
  35. 35. 4. Mr. Dewey matched a number with each _____________. a) author b) subject c) title
  36. 36. 5. All school libraries use the Dewey Decimal System. a) false b) true

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