kidcyber Dewey WebQuest

Task 1

After reading about Melvil Dewey online at

Complete this page by filling in the blank spaces.

When was Dewey’s birthday? ____________________

City where he was born ______________

Dewey died in _________

How did Dewey prefer to spell his last name? ___________

How many main subject areas did Dewey use for his system? _______

Why do you think so many libraries decided to use Dewey’s system?


When was the first ever library school founded? ________

Write about another of Dewey's achievements.



Task 2

Look online at

Read how Dewey allocated a hundreds number to particular subjects.

Complete this page by putting a circle around the correct Dewey hundreds number for each subject

Arts                         500s          700s          400s

History                 700s          200s          900s

Religions         200s          300s          500s

Dictionaries      700s           400s        100s

Animals                800s           200s         500s

Sciences          900s          400s          500s

Travelling in other countries

                                   900s          700s           300s

Folk tales and fairy stories

                                   100s           200s           300s

Medicine        600s           800s            200s

Go to the shelves and find books the have a Dewey number in the 600s

What are three subjects that the books in the 600s are about? 

____________________       _________________________     ________________________