Lesson Plan

Learning & Applying the Dewey Decimal System

Students will learn about the Dewey Decimal system and how it organizes the library's non-fiction section. They will then work with a partner to create Pow Toon animated video to describe their assigned section..
Katherine H.
Media specialist/librarian
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Objectives

Students will learn the basics of the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Students will learn the major informational categories in each section.

Students will easily locate resources in the library media center.

Students will use creativity and writing skills, as well as their social skills, in a collaborative manner to develop a group’s commercial on a particular segment of Dewey.

Students will have prior knowledge about the Dewey Decimal System and call numbers and be able to recall how to locate books in the library.

Students will be able to demonstrate basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System and how to use decimal number order.

Students should be able to look up a book in the on-line Destiny catalog and then find it independently on the library shelves.

Success will be measured in the student’s ability to select what type of books they are interested in for reading/research and the ability to locate them on the library shelves.

In this level, students will have expanded their prior knowledge, learned to figure out that books on the same topic are shelved together and realize that research is easier when you know how to navigate the Dewey Decimal System.

 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 6
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 The Hook

Students will be shown a rap video from Teacher Tube called "The Dewey Decimal Rap". The website URL is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHiUQb5xg7A

 

 

2 Guided practice

Activity: Other — Dewey Worksheet & Destiny Library Catalog Review

 

Name: __________________________________________________

Destiny Activity

Do a keyword search for candy.  How many matches do you get?_____________
Do a Title search for candy.  How many matches do you get?______________
Do a Subject search for Spring.  How many matches do you get?__________
Do a Keyword search for Spring.  How many matches do you get? ____________ Which search had more matches, the Subject search for Spring or the keyword search for Spring?________________________________________

5.     Do a Subject search for something you want.  What did you search?

______________________________________________________

How many books do we have on that subject?_________________________
Write down the title of a book that is IN on your subject.
______________________________________________________
Write down the call number of the book you chose.__________   __________
Do a Subject search for automobile.  How many matches do you get?__________    How many matches have the word automobile in their title?________________

10.   Do another Visual search.  This time, click on Science.  How many subjects are in the Science section? _______________________

 

 

We are going on a scavenger hunt today.  In order to prepare for this activity, please answer the following questions now:

Put these NONFICTION call numbers in the correct order.  If the numbers are the same, you will have to look at the letters, too.

636.76

STO

 

636.73

STO

 

636.7

FOS

 

636.7

POW

 

636.7

STR

 

_________      __________    __________    __________    __________

Draw a line from the call numbers on the left to their matching book types on the right.

Call Numbers from Spine Labels

 

Book Types

 

 

E SEU                     Nonfiction

F CAB                    Biography

520 SIM                  Picture/Everybody

B WOO                   Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

Library Scavenger Hunt:

Directions:Please complete these questions.  Walk and work quietly as you move around the library.  Use the plastic markers to keep your place on the shelf if you pull a book out to look at it.  PLEASE PUT THE BOOKS BACK IN THE VERY SAME PLACE YOU FOUND THEM.

 

F BAR is the call number for books by  ____________________  ___________________________.   Write the title of one of this author’s books here:

___________________________________________________________________________________

Books with call number 641.5 are about ______________________________________________.
Look in a book with the call number 811.  What type of writing do you find in books with 811 call numbers? Is it a poetry book or an encyclopedia?  _________________________.  Write the title of one book with the call number 811 SIL:  _________________________________________________________________________________
Folktales, fairy tales, and legends are in 398.2.  Find one book with the call number 398.2 and write the author here:  _____________________________________________________________. 
Books with call number F LUP  were written by __________________________________  ________________________.  Write the title of one book by this author here:

_______________________________________________________________________________

Find 974.4 OWE and write its title: ___________________________________________________ and author:   ____________________________    ______________________________________.
Books with call number F DAH are by _________________________  ____________________.

 

Tell me about Dewey!

 

Your mission is to take the Dewey Decimal Section assigned______ and work with your partner and pull out a few books that illustrate what types of information can be found in your assigned section.

 

1.______________________________________________

2.______________________________________________

3.______________________________________________

 

Goal 1: What information have you found that represents the type of information one might find in your particular section of Dewey?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 2: Why would anyone want to use that particular section of the Library Media Center?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 3: Now as a group write a short, creative, snappy rap/poem that tells the audience on what they can find in that section of Dewey and why they would want to use that section. You may use books as props.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 4: Videotape your creation for presentation to be combined with other students work to introduce other classes to the Dewey Decimal System.

 

4 Project Creation

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PowToon
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Students will be shown a PowToon tutioiral on how to create an animated video.

Students will work with a partner to create a PowToon animated video about one of the sections they have been studying in the Dewey Decimal System. The students will use PowToon and each group and create an an animated video that can be shown to younger students learning about the Dewey Decimal System.

 
Overview of PowToon

PowToon Tutorial Here you will discover a thorough overview of the PowToon video animation tool!

   http://www.powtoon.com/blog/category/videos/tutorials/ 

 

5 Assessment & Presentation

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Students will be able to demonstrate basic understanding of the Dewey Decimal System and how to use decimal number order.

Success will be measured in the student’s ability to select what type of books they are interested in for reading/research and the ability to locate them on the library shelves.

In this level, students will have expanded their prior knowledge, learned to figure out that books on the same topic are shelved together and realize that research is easier when you know how to navigate the Dewey Decimal System.

With a PowToon animated video the students will be able to demonstrate what they have learned and show other students a fun way to learn about the Dewey Decimal System.