Dewey games are located at the bottom of the page!
How is our library organized?
Melvil Dewey 1851-1931
Many years ago, before you were born, a man by the name of Melvil Dewey decided that there needed to be a way to organize and shelve books in the library. Mr. Dewey was an American librarian and educator, so he knew the importance of a library to education. He created the Dewey Decimal System, which uses a decimal classification system to organize books in libraries.
Dewey Decimal Sqworl - Go here to find more links to information about the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
Dewey Decimal Rap
Getting Started with Dewey
Using the Dewey Decimal System, each book is assigned a three-digit number based on what it is about - think of it as a code for that subject. A book's Dewey number is also called its "call number".
The Dewey Categories are:
The Dewey Categories are:
- 000 General Knowledge. Encyclopedias, general reference works, computers, newspapers, magazines
- 100 Philosophy and Psychology. Optical illusions, brain research, question and answer books
- 200 Religion and Mythology. Bible stories, religions of the world, Greek myths
- 300 Social Science and Folklore. Communication, education, law, sociology, transportation, etiquette, folklore and fairy tales
- 400 Language. Grammar books, sign language, dictionaries, and picture books in many languages
- 500 Math and Science. Experiments, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology, biology, and
dinosaurs, books on specific animals
- 600 Medicine and Technology. Human body, medicine, airplanes, space travel, cookbooks and domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, horses
- 700 Arts and Recreation. Art, artists, how-to-draw books, crafts, origami, music, joke and riddle books, sports
- 800 Literature. Poetry, plays and classic literature
- 900 Geography & History. History, geography and travel, atlases, explorers, and biographies
Order in the Library - Interactive activity that challenges students to place books on the library shelves in the correct alphabetical order. This activity goes along with the Dewey Decimal System lesson.
Can you do the Dewey? - Middletown Thrall Library provides information and games for learning the Dewey Decimal Classification system.
Dewey Browse - Web sites classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification system for grades K-12.
Library Skills Game - Bardonia Elementary School's Dewey Decimal interactive game.
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