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Dewey presentation2


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A presentation for 4th and 5th graders on what the Dewey Decimal System is and how to use it.

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Dewey presentation2

  1. 1. All About the Dewey Decimal SystemSamantha BarryIRLS585May 1, 2013
  2. 2. In this tutorial you will learn the following:1. What the Dewey Decimal System is.2. How it is organized by categories.1. And how to find a book using the system.What will I learn?Introduction
  3. 3. The Dewey Decimal Systemis a system libraries use tomake non-fiction books easierto find.The Dewey system groupsbooks into categories.The Dewey Decimal SystemWhat Is It?
  4. 4. The system was named after a librarian, MelvilDewey.He lived from 1851 to 1931.Mr. Dewey’s idea has lastedfor 130 years so far aroundthe world.Melvil DeweyWhat Is It?I love thelibrary!
  5. 5. The Dewey system is a numerical system, or one that usesnumbers to organize the books.The numbers are called call numbers.A call number is located at thebottom of the book on the spine.OrganizationThe SystemYou can find thecall number here.
  6. 6. • The general categories for the system are numbered from the000s to the 900s.• The system organizes books into 10 major categories.• Each category has even more categories that get more specific.CategoriesThe System
  7. 7. • For example, in the 400 category, which is languages andgrammar, the 460 section includes Spanish and Portugueselanguage books.• The 10 categories are the numbers used on the left of thedecimal point in the call number.461 . 5 3 7OrganizationThe SystemThis three-digit sectionof the number showsthe major category.
  8. 8. 000 GeneralitiesencyclopediasCategoriesThe System
  9. 9. 100 Philosophy & Psychologyethics, paranormal phenomenaCategoriesThe System
  10. 10. 200 ReligionBibles, churches, superstitionsCategoriesThe System
  11. 11. 300 Social Sciences and Folklorecareers, customs, folktales, governmentCategoriesThe System
  12. 12. 400 Language and Grammardictionaries, other languagesCategoriesThe System
  13. 13. 500 Math & Scienceweather, dinosaurs, chemistryCategoriesThe System
  14. 14. 600 Medicine & Technologyhuman body, computersCategoriesThe System
  15. 15. 700 Arts & Recreationart history, crafts, sports, musicCategoriesThe System
  16. 16. 800 Literaturepoetry, plays, literary criticismCategoriesThe System
  17. 17. 900 History & geographybiographies, travelCategoriesThe System
  18. 18. The numbers on the right side of the decimal are usedto divide a category into even more specific parts of asubject.7 9 8 . 5 3 7CategoriesThe SystemThis section of thenumber shows morespecific topics.
  19. 19. For example, the Dewey call number for thebaking bread is 641.815.641 – Cookbooks641.8 – Baking641.81 – Appetizers641.815 – Baking BreadCategoriesThe System
  20. 20. You can look up your topic on a computer in your library.How to find the right numberFinding a Book
  21. 21. You can browse the shelves,using the Dewey numbers onthe ends of shelves as your guide.How to find the right numberFinding a Book
  22. 22. You can ask someone who works at the library to help.How to find the right numberFinding a Book
  23. 23. Once youve got your call number its time togo find your book!Using your numberFinding a Book
  24. 24. When looking for yourbook call number on theshelf:Look left to rightandtop to bottom.On the shelvesFinding a Book
  25. 25. • The Dewey system organizes book in the library.• The system is made up of numbers, so it is a numerical system.• The system has 10 major categories.• The numbers are called call numbers.• The major category number is on the left side of the decimal.• Books about the same topics are usually on the shelf near eachother.• You can always get help from the librarian.Important pointsReview
  26. 26. To practice your new skills, try to find the Dewey categories forthe following subjects:1. Baseball2. Sewing3. Illinois history4. Insects and spiders5. WritingGo to the next slide to see the answers!Scavenger huntReview
  27. 27. The answers:1. Baseball 7002. Sewing 7003. Illinois history 9004. Insects and spiders 5005. Writing 400Scavenger huntReview
  28. 28. Congratulations, you made it to the end.Now go use your Dewey knowledgeand check out a bookabout your favorite subject at the library.You Did It!