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The purpose of this PowerPoint is to train and/or remind middle school students how to use the Dewey Decimal

Classification system to find non-fiction books in the school library. The information can also be used to find non-fiction books in public libraries that use DDC.

By Shanna Pavlak

Because I ate the bookworm.

Marty the book cat presents:

Tracking Down Books with Dewey

Oh, hey! Im just about to go to the library to check out some cool books. Want to come along?

Marty the book cat needs a few non-fiction books for some research hes doing. Hes going to the library to check out whats available.


1. What is a call number? 2. Who was Melvil Dewey? 3. What is Dewey Decimal? 4.If you wanted to find a book on panthers, where would you look? 5. If you wanted to find a book about medicine and diseases, where would you look? 6. If you wanted to find a book about literature, where would you look?

7. What about it you wanted to find a book about another language.

8. Where would you look if you wanted information on U.S History?

I cant find the books I need.

Finding books in the library doesnt have to be hard. You just have to figure out your books call numbers. You can search the online catalog to figure out what your books call numbers are. Heres a link to Sandtown Middle Schools online catalog.

Youll notice all the books in our library have combinations of numbers and letters. Fiction books only have letters. Non-fiction books have both letters and numbers. The numbers come from the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Oh, I get it! Call numbers are like addresses for the books.

Created in 1873 by Melvil Dewey Used to classify and organize books in libraries DDC is used in libraries all over the world DDC is broken up into 10 main CATegories

What is this Dewey Decimal System? Can I eat it?

000-099 Computer Science, Information & General Works

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004 GRA

031.02 RIP

Other topics you can find in 000-099

100-199 Philosophy & Psychology

133.4 SCH

158.2 JON 178 GID

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Other topics you can find in 100-199

200-299 Religion

200 ADA 292.1 PAY

296 GRA

Other topics you can find in 200-299

300-399 Social Sciences

305.896 OSB

355 BER

391 DEC

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Other topics you can find in 300-399

400-499 Languages

419 KEN 428.2 CLE

468 IRV

Other topics you can find in 400-499

Bonjour! Ciao! Hallo! N ho! Salve! Salaam aleikum!

500-599 Natural Science & Mathematics

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510 MCK

597.9 SMI

Other topics you can find in 500-599

600-699 Technology (Applied Sciences)

610 WOO

616 DIS V.8

629.2 KEN

Other topics you can find in 600-699

700-799 Arts & Recreation

743 AME 741.5 SON 796.52 SAL

Other topics you can find in 700-799

800-899 Literature

818 LAN

818 MCA

Other topics you can find in 800-899

900-999 History & Geography

940.53 SAL
956 MAR

960 OPI

Other topics you can find in 900-999

That wasnt so bad!

Check out these fun websites to reinforce and practice what weve learned. This is website helps teach the 10 main classes of the Dewey Decimal System through a series of fun games. A fun website that briefly explains Dewey and includes links to funny videos. /usergames/Apr201014/game1270920900.php This website lets you play a fun Deweythemed jeopardy game.

1. Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System? 2. How old was he when he created the DDC system?

3. Give two examples of topics you can find in the 000 Generalities section.
4. Where would you find a book about dinosaurs? 5. What kinds of books are kept in the 100s section? 6. Where could you find a book about Islam? 7. Give two examples of books you might find in the 800s section. 8. Where might you find a book about the economy? 9. What number would you look under to find a book on psychology? 10.What number could you find books about languages?

11.If you wanted to find a book about algebra, where would you look?

12. If you wanted to do research on diseases, what number would you look under? 13. Where can find books analyzing the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe? 14. In which Dewey section could you find books on music? 15. Give two examples of books you might find in the 900s section. 16. Where can you find the Ripleys Believe it or Not books? 17. Where would you look if you needed a cookbook? 18. Where might you find a book about basketball?

19. Where should you look if you want to research the Holocaust?
20. How many main classes are there in the DDC? 21. (Extra Credit) What is the book cats name?

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