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Students categorize their private book collections as a precursor to learning the principles of the Dewey Decimal System. They use the Internet to gain a better understanding of the Dewey Decimal System.
Students examine the categories of the Dewey Decimal System. They categorize various grocery items into food categories, discuss a poster of the Dewey Decimal Classification system, and in small groups categorize twelve books.
Third graders choose a book from the non-fiction section of the library and write a summary of one paragraph from the book. They illustrate one section of the book and add their drawing to a classroom mural that shows the sections of the Dewey Decimal Classification system. They visit assigned web sites to complete online activities.
Imagine a library scavenger hunt. What might searchers find in the section labeled "521"? What about in the "611's"? Class groups investigate the Dewey Decimal System of numbering nonfiction books in the library. Given a number, they examine the books in their section and then label the type of nonfiction found under each grouping based on its subject matter. Individuals also reverse the process and refile books based on its number. Extension activities are also included in the packet.
Engage all the upper elementary classes in your school in a game to learn Dewey Decimal Classification. On 5 or 6 consecutive visits to the library, teams from each class learn how the system works, locate books in each category, and tally successes along the way. Get children moving in the library with purpose! This thoughtfully-planned game fosters collaboration and lively engagement with the library.
Students investigate the variety of ways that information is categorized. The lesson begins with the ordering of personal collections and culminates with the Dewey Decimal System utilized in libraries.
Students put their cataloging skills into practice. In this research lesson students examine the listed websites that feature Dewey Decimal classification. Students then collaborate to use the Dewey Decimal classification system to catalog their own class library.
Students examine the Dewey Decimal System. For this Dewey Decimal System lesson, students participate in a Dewey Decimal System competition in order to learn how books are categorized in the library.
Students cooperate in a hands-on approach to learning the ten main categories of the Dewey Decimal System. They work in pairs to find missing puzzle pieces already strategically placed in books listen under the ten main categories.
Third graders identify the ten main classifications used with nonfiction books in the Dewey Decimal Classification System after watching a teacher lead PowerPoint presentation. They play a game in which they use a variety of books, a spinner, and to identify the classification.
Students work in groups to participate in an introduction to the Dewey Decimal System. They locate books on the shelves during a game with a specific time limit. They demonstrate their ability to select the correct book from the library shelf using the call number given.
Fourth graders identify books based on the Dewey Decimal System. In this library skills activity designed to be used after introducing the Dewey Decimal System, 4th graders play a game collecting books from each category of the Dewey Decimal system while using a digital card catalog to identify the location of each book.
Walk your class through an almost-forgotten skill: using the Dewey Decimal System! After ten slides introducing what the Dewey Decimal System is and the story of how it was invented, kids are told a brief story about a caveman to help them remember the number system of the DDS. Use this presentation before your next library trip and help your young readers confidently and independently find exactly what they're looking for!  
Third graders examine the techniques of finding books in the library media center using the Dewey Decimal System and call number. They practice using decimal numbers and alphabetizing to find books.
Fourth graders understand how the Dewey Decimal System works and create a commercial to share with others.  In this Dewey decimal System lesson, 4th graders work in groups of four or five to complete a presentation of their assigned section of the library media center. Students present their commercials to the class.
Students synthesize their role playing skills, love of literature (Junie B. Jones series, by Barbara Park), and knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System. One student reads a statement dramatically telling the class why they need a book, then asks another student for help.
Students play a game that synthesizes their role playing skills, literature, and comprehension of the Dewey Decimal System. They listen as one student reads a statement that informs the class why they need a book, and then ask another student for help. The other student names the correct 100s group and physically goes to the correct location in the library.
Students discuss the Dewey Decimal Classification System and how it works. They organize ten books according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Students research the Library of Congress Classification System and compare it with the Dewey Decimal System. In this classification system instructional activity, students study the Library of Congress Classification System and the Dewey Decimal System via online websites. Students complete a Venn Diagram that compares the two systems and a poster for a specific class from the Library of Congress.
Students identify sections of the library and demonstrate their knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System. They create a rap about the main classes and subclasses. They successfully locate a short list of call numbers and titles on the library shelves.

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