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1. Dewey Decimal Classification System Presented to Second & Third Grade Students
Developed by Karen Ward
Library Media Specialist
Eichold-Mertz Elementary School
2. Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System? Melvil Dewey was born on December 10, 1851
Melvil Dewey created the number order system for library books when he was 21 years old.
Melvil Dewey started the first school for librarians.
3. Ten Main Classifications in Deweys System The worlds knowledge is divided into 10 categories or groups.
Each group has a main title and is represented by three numbers.
4. The Big Ten! Generalities 000
Social Science 300
Language 400 Science & Math 500
The Arts 700
Geography & History - 900
5. You Can Judge A Book by Its Cover! The Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be found on the spine label.
When the book is shelved, the Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be easily seen.
6. Generalities - 000 Encyclopedias
7. Philosophy - 100 Paranormal phenomena
8. Religion - 200 Bible
History of Christianity
9. Social Science - 300 Law
10. Language - 400 English
11. Natural Science & Math - 500 Mathematics
12. Technology 600 Medicine
13. The Arts - 700 Drawing
Recreational & performing arts
14. Literature - 800 American Literature
Old English Literature
Literatures of Other Languages
15. Geography & History - 900 Geography
16. Flashback! What Do You Remember? Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System?
What does the DDCS do for our library?
How many main classifications are there?
Where do you find the DDCS number on a library book?
17. Resources Used All clipart taken from the Microsoft Clipart web site:
Information on the Dewey Decimal Classification taken from:
Weisburg, H. & Toor, R. Teachers Portfolio of Library Skills Lessons & Activities (1985). The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc.