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The Caveman’s Guide to the Dewey Decimal System

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  • 1. The Cavemans Guideto theDewey Decimal System

2. The Story of the Numbers Used for Nonfiction Books

  • In 1873 Mr. Melvil Dewey devised a system for classifying books which is used in many libraries.
  • He chose certain main subjects and numbers , so
  • that all nonfiction books
  • on the same subject
  • would be together on the shelf.

3. The Dewey Decimal System

  • The system groups books by topic by dividing them into 10 basic categories.

4. Deweys Plan

  • Who knows he might have imagined
  • himself to be a Caveman!
  • What would man ask?

5. 000's Before I Begin

  • Generalities
  • Information I need to know before I begin. These are books which contain information on many subjects such as encyclopedias and other reference books.

6. 100'sWho am I?

  • PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOLOGY Man thinks about himself.

7. 200'sWho made me?

  • RELIGION AND MYTHOLOGYMan thinks about God.

8. 300'sWho is the man (or woman) in the next cave?

  • SOCIAL SCIENCEMan thinks about other people.

9. 400's How can I make that man understand me?

  • Language
  • Man learns to communicate with others through words.

10. 500's How can I understand nature and the world about me?

  • Math &
  • NATURAL SCIENCEMan learns to understand nature on the land, in the sea, and in the sky.

11. 600's How can I use what I know about nature?

  • Primitive man learned about fire and how to make weapons. He learned through the ages about the wheel, about medicine, planting crops, cooking food, building bridges, and how to make all the things we use.

12. 700's How can I enjoy my leisure time?

  • FINE ART AND RECREATION or (Arts)By this time, primitive man had more time to do the things he enjoyed. He learned how to paint pictures and to
  • create music.
  • He also learned how to dance
  • and play games.

13. 800's How can I give my children a record of man's heroic deeds?

  • Man became a storyteller. He created poetry, and plays about his ancestors and the people he knew. Later, man recorded these stories for all people to read.

14. 900's How can I leave a record for men of the future?

  • Man began to write about events that had occurred everywhere, and about people who had participated in these events.

15. Dewey Decimal System

  • 000General Knowledge
      • Almanacs, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries
  • 100Psychology & Physiology
      • Feelings, Emotions
  • 200Religion & Mythology
  • 300Social Sciences & Folklore
      • Careers, Environment, Family, Fairy Tales
  • 400Languages & Grammar
      • Grammar, Sign Language, English, Foreign Language

16. Dewey Decimal System

  • 500Math & Science
      • Animals, Dinosaurs, Fish, Planets, Plants, Weather
  • 600Medicine & Technology
      • Computers, Farming, Health, Nutrition
  • 700Arts & Recreation
      • Drawing, Crafts, Jokes, Sports, Games
  • 800Literature
      • Poetry, Plays Short Stories
  • 900Geography & History
      • Countries, States, Travel, Native Americans, Wars
  • Biographies now separate

17. Works Cited

  • Druce, Arden. "Complete Library Skills Activities Program ."School Library Journal(Feb. 1961)