- 4-5 / Library Media Skills
- Dewey Decimal
- Lesson adapted from The Great Dewey Hunt
- 30 minutes total
Common Core State Standards:
- CC.5.RI.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
- Standard 2: Evaluate information critically and competently.
- The goal of this lesson is to discover 10 categories of the Dewey decimal within the library shelves.
- The objectives are for the 4th and 5th grades to explore the books within their designated Dewey decimal category & report their findings to the class orally.
- Small group work
Discuss with students that they will be exploring the library today, evaluating the books within a certain Dewey category.
1. Divide students into ten teams of relatively equal size.
2. Assign each team to a single Dewey category.
(Note: Be sure to assign the more abstract and challenging categories such as 000 and 100 to teams with strong critical thinkers.)
3. Send each team to the nonfiction shelves to explore the topics of the books represented in their section. Ask teams to bring representative books back to their tables to complete the Dewey Topic Hunt sheet (p. 6), or to write down representative titles and call numbers on the sheet (p. 6) at the shelf.
(Note: Cross out the object collection portion of the sheet.)
4. Ask each team to report to the class the findings of their investigation.
5. Challenge students to assign a name to their Dewey category (i.e. History and Geography
for the 900s). If a category name is too narrow, show them additional books with topics also covered in that category and ask them to expand their name.
6. Give each team a copy of the Dewey Classification Table (p. 7). Ask them to discuss how their representative books answer the question/s for their category."
Instruction/Check for Understanding:
- Observe the students for understanding and participation in small group work.
- Grade the worksheet.
If there’s time:
- Give time for library exploration.
- Have students line up alphabetically to leave the library.
Preview for Next Week:
- Tell students that next week they will participate in the Great Dewey Hunt.