Dewey Decimal Classification System Presented to Second & Third Grade Students Developed by Karen Ward Library Media Specialist Eichold-Mertz Elementary School adapted by Ms. Tini Maier Library Media Specialist Portland Public Schools 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. Ten Main Classifications in Dewey’s System The world’s knowledge is divided into 10 categories or groups. Each group has a main title and is represented by hundreds numbers. The Big Ten! Generalities – 000 Philosophy – 100 Religion – 200 Social Science – 300 Language – 400 Science & Math – 500 Technology – 600 The Arts – 700 Literature – 800 Geography & History - 900 Brings order to the massive amount of world knowledge You Can Judge A Book by Its Cover! 000 Mea 200 Bya 500 Lee The Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be found on the spine label. Why? When the book is shelved, the Dewey Decimal Classification call number can be easily seen. Generalities - 000 Encyclopedias News media Rare Books Encyclopedias, References Philosophy - 100 Paranormal phenomena Psychology Logic Overall category: Man thinks Religion - 200 About different religions History of a religion Stories from a religious tradition About God Social Science - 300 Law Education Folklore About man’s neighbors Language - 400 English Spanish Other Languages Man talks with other men Natural Science & Math - 500 Mathematics Earth sciences Plants Animals Man discovers all that is around him Technology – 600 Medicine Agriculture Family living Man makes useful things The Arts - 700 Drawing Music Recreational & performing arts Man makes beautiful things Literature - 800 American Literature Old English Literature Literatures of Other Languages Man writes Geography & History - 900 Geography Biographies Ancient History Man writes about travel, people, and events Flashback! What Do You Remember? Who created the Dewey Decimal Classification System? What does the Dewey Decimal System do for our library? How many main classifications are there? Where do you find the Dewey number on a library book? Resources Used… All clipart taken from the Microsoft Clipart web site: http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us&cag=1 Information on the Dewey Decimal Classification taken from: Weisburg, H. & Toor, R. Teacher’s Portfolio of Library Skills Lessons & Activities (1985). The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc.