- 4-5 / Library Media Skills
- Dewey Decimal
- Lesson modified from The Great Dewey Hunt.
- 30 minutes total
Common Core State Standards:
- CC.5.SL.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- Standard 2: Evaluate information critically and competently.
- The goal of this lesson is to learn about the Dewey decimal system.
- The objectives are for the 4th and 5th grades is to distinguish between the Dewey categories and topics that correspond to the different numbers.
- Whole class instruction
- Discuss what libraries were like before Dewey:
- closed stacks. Only trained personnel were allowed to go into the stacks to search for books.
- varying systems. Usually organized to each person's specifics and interests.
- inefficient. What if librarian wasn't available?
- Ask: Why should we have a system of shelving books?
- Go through: “Do We” Really Know Dewey?
- Meet Melvin
- Pre-Dew Review
- Difference between Fiction & Nonfiction
- How Fiction & Nonfiction are shelved
- What is a call number?
- L to R, T to B
- What does a Fiction call number look like?
- What does a Nonfiction call number look like?
Instruction/Check for Understanding:
- During instruction, ask questions to determine if students are understanding the material.
If there’s time:
- Continue with the think quest.
- Have students line up alphabetically to leave the library.
Preview for Next Week:
- Tell students that next week they will continue learning about Dewey.