Dewey Decimal System Teacher Resources
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Understanding Library Skills: The Dewey Decimal System
Cyber Dewey? Dewey Made Fun? Do the Dewey Game? After a librarian-led tour of the school library and an explanation of the Dewey Decimal System, class members use the Internet to access MAGNOLIA, a site with resources devoted to library...
7th English Language Arts
Comparing Dewey and the Library of Congress: In What "Class" Are Your "Classes"?
Knowing both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Classification systems, and how to read their call numbers, facilitates information literacy, a critical skill for 21st century life. High schoolers, who may be familiar with Dewey,...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Shopping with the Dewey Decimal System
Young scholars 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.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System
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...
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts
Gooney Bird Greene Meets Melvil Dewey
Young scholars 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...
3rd - 4th English Language Arts
Library of Congress Classification (LCC) System: Research Depends on It!
After comparing the Dewey Decimal to the Library of Congress Classification System, researchers getting college ready visit LCC websites, answer questions on a handout, and take an online quiz about the LCC. Effective links to handouts...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
Dewey Decimal Classification System Mural
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...
3rd English Language Arts
Dewey Decimal System -- Cataloging Collections
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...
6th - 10th English Language Arts
Solving the Puzzle to the Dewey Decimal System
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.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
Book Jacket Match: Practice with the Dewey Decimal Classification System
As a follow-up activity to being introduced to the Dewey Decimal Classification System, 3rd graders listen to poems from Jackie Mims Hopkins' book The Shelf Elf Helps Out and sort book jackets by category and call number.
3rd - 4th English Language Arts