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Dewey Decimal System for 3rd - 6th grade

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Heather Tomlinson

on 21 March 2014

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Every book in the library has a call number on the spine.
A call number acts like an address, to help us find the book we want.

A nonfiction call number can have one, two, or three lines of numbers.
1st line: numbers
(for the section or subject)
3rd line: letters
(first three letters of a poet’s LAST name - or first three letters of a story title)
examples
We use something
called the...
How do we
know what number goes with each subject
The Dewey Decimal System is used to sort books into...

groups or
categories.
This system was invented by a man named
Melvil
There are general groups for sorting all of the subjects.
(General means broad. Lots of subjects will fit into each group.)
000 General Works 500 Science & Nature
100 Philosophy (You) 600 Technology
200 Religion 700 Arts & Recreation
300 Social Science 800 Literature
400 Language 900 History/Geography
000s-General Works
This is like a "leftover" section.
There are books about more than one subject.

The "zero hundreds" also include books on unexplained subjects -
like aliens or The Loch Ness Monster.



100s-Philosophy
Books that fit in this group tell about how we think and feel.
200s-Religion
This group has books about different religions or stories from the Bible.
Fairy tales and folk tales are also in the 300s.
Many were written to teach a lesson about behavior. They often teach us the culture of other countries.
and…
that’s social science!
400s-Language
Books in this group are about different languages or grammar.
500s-Science
Books in this group are about things from nature.
600s-Technology
Look in the 600s for
books about people using nature and making things.
700s-Arts and Leisure
This group has books about the things we do for fun.
800s-Literature
Books in this group contain stories, plays, jokes or poetry.
This is the group fiction books were put in long ago when the Dewey Decimal System
was first invented.
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.
900s-History/Geography
Events of the past and countries of the world are found here.
Remember:
nonfiction call numbers are placed in number order first.

That means all of the books about the same subject end up near each other on the shelf.
That’s smart !
Let’s see what
you know about finding a library book.
The 'address' that helps us find the book we want is:
B. call number
What does a
nonfiction
call number look like?
C.
1 or 2 lines of numbers
(for the subject)






What system tells us a number for each subject?
Who is responsible for inventing the
Dewey Decimal System?
Mr. Melvil Dewey matched a number with each _____________.
A. author
B. subject
C. title
B. subject
All other libraries use the
Dewey Decimal System.
false
true
FALSE
For example:

599
.73
398
.2
Cin
900
811
.54
Sil
(history)
(mammals)
(lions)
(traditional tales)
(Cinderella)
(poetry)
(Silverstein)
2nd line: more numbers
(for more specific subjects)
(people + nature)
Fiction is NOT in the Dewey Decimal system!
398
.2
Thr
636
.7
500


A librarian is in charge of their own library.
I decided to use the most popular system.
Other librarians might choose another way to organize books.
Some college libraries use a different number system. (Library of Congress system)
Bonus:
what does a
fiction
call number look like?
2 (or 3) lines of letters
fiction
Cle
Source list:

book cover images:
* Destiny Quest's Title Peek
* Amazon.com
* Juniorlibraryguild.com

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Some people can "prove"
they are real.
Some people can "prove" they are not.
300s-Social Science
Holidays, customs, manners, government, military
This group has books about how people live together.
always start with the top line, abc order.
then the 2nd line, abc order
Melvil
Do you remember the 10 groups?

000
100
200
300
400
500
600
700
800
900
General works
Philosophy (You)
Religion
Social Science
Language
Science & Nature
Technology
Arts & Recreation
Literature
History/Geography
(then alphabetical if there is a 3rd line)
A. dewey number
B. call number
C. decimal number
(it's found on the spine label of every library book)
A. 3 lines of numbers
B. 1 or 2 lines of letters
C. 1 or 2 lines of numbers
sometimes there is a 3rd line (of letters):
the 1st three letters of a LAST name (poet)
or 1st three letters of a title (fairy tales)
remember: this is for nonfiction (information), not fiction
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