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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 put their cataloging skills into practice. In this research instructional activity 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.
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.
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!
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 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.
How do you effectively use reference sources? Upper grade researchers will view a PowerPoint presentation on the Dewey Decimal system and identify various reference resources. They then use BINGO cards and markers to practice identifying the best resources to use for specific questions.
Young scholars research the Library of Congress Classification System and compare it with the Dewey Decimal System. In this classification system lesson, students study the Library of Congress Classification System and the Dewey Decimal System via online websites. Young scholars complete a Venn Diagram that compares the two systems and a poster for a specific class from the Library of Congress.