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Doing Dewey

Alice Clark

Description

Doing Dewey reinforces the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Students will apply their basic understanding of Dewey decimal classification to the process of book organization.

Objectives

The student uses simple alphabetical and numerical systems to organize information.

Materials

-One copy of the Dewey decimal classification card for each student
-10 various books for each small group of students
-Labels or masking tape to conceal spine labels

Preparations

1. Copy Dewey Decimal Classification System card onto card stock or colored paper.

2. Cover the spine labels of the various books selected for student organization. (Avery color coded round labels work well and are easily removed.)

Procedures

NOTE: Students should have prior knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classification System.


1. Teacher quickly reviews the Dewey Decimal Classification System.


2. Teacher models selecting 2 random books and organizes them according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

3. Students receive a Dewey Decimal Classification System card for reference.


4. Children are arranged in small groups of 2 to 3 students.


5. Each group receives 10 various books with all spine labels covered.


6. Students receive instructions to use the Dewey Decimal Classification System card as a resource to complete the organization of the 10 assorted books.

7. Students work cooperatively and verbally reason the classification of each book.

8. Teacher circulates, monitors, and assists students as necessary to complete the organization of their 10 books.


Assessments

NOTE: This lesson addresses basic organization of books according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System only.

Use the newly organized books to formatively assess the studentís ability to understand and follow the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Evidence: Each small group of students will properly arrange a group of 10 books in accordance with the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Criteria: A group of assorted books will be rearranged in an organized manner utilizing the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

Attached Files

Dewey Card     File Extension: pdf

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