Dewey Decimal game in the library

Oh what fun we had learning about the Dewey Decimal Classification in the library on Thursday.

I created a grab bag with lots of objects to pull out (without peeking). Classes were divided in to pairs. One pulled out an object from my bag and between them they had to find a non-fiction book on the object.

One partner used the library OPAC and the other went straight  to the Dewey chart on the wall.

They were timed – (sort-of) to find a book and bring it to me.

Some of the objects were plastic soldiers, toy cars, bugs, animals of all sorts. The non-fiction books were well and truly being used and searched through.

The library was a busy, noisy, learning place but so much fun. I have even had requests to play the game at lunch times.



Dewey System

[dropcap2]D[/dropcap2]ewey Decimal is a ‘Classification System’. This is a special system which helps us locate books about different topics. The great thing about the Dewey Decimal system is that you can go into any library in the world and still find items based on what area they come under! Here is what each part of the Dewey system stands for: 000-009 General Works (encyclopedias etc) 100-199 Psychology & Philosophy 200-299 Religion & Mythology 300-399 Social Sciences 400-499 Languages 500-599 Natural Science & mathematics 600-699 Applied Science & Technology 700-799 Fine Arts & Recreation 800-899 Literature & Poetry 900-999 Geography & History