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Dewey Decimal System Introduction--First Grade

Designed to introduce the concept and content of the Dewey Decimal System to 5th, 4th, and even 3rd Graders.

Margaret Sullivan Brannon

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Dewey Decimal System Introduction--First Grade

The Dewey Decimal System
How We Organize NONFICTION Resources in our Library!
Everything in our library is ORGANIZED
So YOU can Find what
You're Looking For!
Everybody Books (Picture Books) are in
_______ Order by the Author's
Last Name
Fiction (chapter) Books are in A-B-C Order by the Author's Last Name
But NONFICTION books Don't Work That Way!
It would be a mess! Books about the
same thing wouldn't be together
if they were by different authors!
So for Nonfiction Books we don't use A-B-C Order. Instead, we organize them using ...
It was developed by
Melvil DEWEY about
100 years ago!
The "Decimal" part of the name
comes from the decimal numbers
that are used to organize the books: 398.2 BRE
The System organizes book into TEN BIG CATEGORIES. Each Category has its own NUMBER.
This way, every book that's about one topic is in the same place in the library.

For example, the DEWEY NUMBER for
DINOSAURS is 567.9. So all of our books
about dinosaurs have a CALL NUMBER 0f
567.9, and they're all in the same place!
Let's take a look at the 10 Big Categories of the Dewey Decimal System!
Philosophy and
Religion and
Social Science
Nature, Science
and Math
(Applied Science)
Arts, Crafts
and Sports
Geography and
We Think About Ourselves
We Wonder About Each
Other's Creators
People Learn to Get
Along with Each Other
We Communicate with
Each Other
We Learn About Nature
and the World
How Can We Make
Nature Useful?
What Do We Do
For Fun?
We Tell Stories, Jokes
and Poems
We Learn about Humans
in the World Today, and in
the Past
General Information
about Lots of Stuff
(that doesn't fit anywhere else)
The Dewey Decimal System
When Dewey started working in the college library, books were in all different kinds of order.
Different libraries used different systems of organizing the books, but in all the libraries, books about the same topics were scattered all over the library.
Dewey liked organizing things. And he liked Math. So he used Math to organize the books in a way that put books about similar topics together.
Group assignment:
Look at your pictures.
What does the picture show?
Which Dewey number would you give the picture.
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