Dewey Decimal System

Dewey Decimal System is used to organise resources in most school libraries. Each subject is given a number and the books and other items are arranged on the shelves in number order, according to their topic.

Do you know which numbers are given to different topics?
Do you know who invented the system?

This kidcyberQuest will help you to understand how the Dewey system works so that you can more easily find items in your library. You will also find out about the inventor and why the system was invented.

Your Task:
The library computer system has crashed and the librarian is away on leave. You have been asked to help out in the library to help patrons find resources and to re-shelve any returned items.

You will have to use your knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classification system to be able to locate items, and to correctly shelve returned library items.

You will also prepare some display items to help users learn some Dewey numbers

The Process and resources
By gathering the resources below and then reading about the topic you will acquire the knowledge needed for the task. You can check you knowledge by completing the kidcyber task pages.

Step 1: Read Melvil Dewey: a biography

Step 2: Print a copy of this online page and complete the task
Dewey task 1

Step 3: Read:
How Dewey organised information (the 10 main areas)

Step 4: Print a copy of this online page and complete the Dewey task 2

Step 5: Print a copy of this online page about Call numbers and how to construct them and complete Dewey task 3.

Step 6: Read:Some more Dewey numbers

Step 7: Print a copy of this online page and complete Dewey task 4

Step 8: A Presentation
To help other library users locate library resources prepare some illustrated Dewey guides like the one below about technology. Use your own illustrations, computer graphics, magazine pictures etc.
   To find items about technology and inventions look in the 600s
You will rate how well you think you worked at this kidcyberQuest and then talk about it with your teacher.
Go here to get a copy of the evaluation sheet

updated October 2008 © kidcyber