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?
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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!
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Generalities – 000
Philosophy – 100
Religion – 200
Social Science –
300
Language – 400
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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!
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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
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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?
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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.
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