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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
Tracking Down Books with
Dewey
Marty the
book cat
presents:
Because I ate
the
bookworm.
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.

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

???
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.
http://fcsdestiny.fultonschools.org/cataloging/servlet/presentadvancedse
archredirectorform.do?l2m=Library%20Search&tm=TopLevelCatalog

I cant find
the books I
need.
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.
What is this
Dewey Decimal
System? Can I
eat it?
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
000-099
Computer Science, Information
& General Works
004
GRA 031.02
RIP
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Ripleys Believe It
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Believe/product-
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_cr_acr_txt?ie=UT
F8&showViewpoint
s=1
Other topics you can find in
000-099
100-199
Philosophy & Psychology
158.2
JON
178
GID
133.4
SCH
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tale of disaster in Salem. Click here.
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disaster-in-salem
And here
http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2011/09/03/review-of-the-day-
witches-by-rosalyn-schanzer/#_


Other topics you can find in
100-199
200-299
Religion
296
GRA
292.1
PAY
200
ADA
Other topics you can find in
200-299
300-399
Social Sciences
305.896
OSB
355
BER
391
DEC
Find out more about Miles to go for Freedom
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/linda-
barrett-osborne/miles-go-freedom/
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4197-0020-0

Other topics you can find in
300-399
400-499
Languages
468
IRV
428.2
CLE
419
KEN
Bonjour!
Ciao!
Hallo!
N ho!
Salve!
Salaam aleikum!
Other topics you can find in
400-499
500-599
Natural Science & Mathematics
597.9
SMI
510
MCK
Find out what other
people are saying about
Math Doesnt Suck, click
these links
http://www.goodreads.co
m/book/show/1271823.Ma
th_Doesn_t_Suck
And
http://www.amazon.com/
Math-Doesnt-Suck-
Survive-Breaking/product-
reviews/0452289491/ref=
dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie
=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
Other topics you can find in
500-599
600-699
Technology (Applied Sciences)
610
WOO
629.2
KEN
616
DIS V.8
Other topics you can find in
600-699
700-799
Arts & Recreation
796.52
SAL
741.5
SON
743
AME
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.
http://www.studystack.com/hangman-471
This is website helps teach the 10 main
classes of the Dewey Decimal System through
a series of fun games.

http://breitlinks.com/deweychallenge/
A fun website that briefly explains Dewey and
includes links to funny videos.

http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy
/usergames/Apr201014/game1270920900.php
This website lets you play a fun Dewey-
themed 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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