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Who’s Dewey? And What’s the Dewey Decimal System?. E.Q.: How is the Media Center Organized?. Today’s presentation will explain just how the media center is organized. You will learn a little about Melville Dewey and lots about the Dewey Decimal System. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Whos Dewey? And Whats the Dewey Decimal System?

E.Q.: How is the Media Center Organized?Todays presentation will explain just how the media center is organized.You will learn a little about Melville Dewey and lots about the Dewey Decimal System.Additionally, I will show you several selections from our shelves.Make sure that you are paying attention, because you know there will be a review!Who was Melville Dewey?Melville Dewey was a teacher and a great librarian.While he was in college in 1876, he created the Dewey Decimal System that we use today.

Whats the Dewey Decimal System?The Dewey Decimal System is way that we organize our books.There are 10 main categories or what we call classes.Can you imagine what our library would look like if we did not have a system for organizations? How would you ever find what you needed.What if we had the encyclopedias on the same shelf as your favorite fictional author? It would be confusing right?4The Ten Main Classes000 Computer Science, Information & General Works100 Philosophy and Psychology200 Religion300 Social Sciences400 Language500 Natural Science and Math600 Applied Science and Technology700 Fine Arts and Recreation800 Literature900History and Geography

000General WorksThis class is used to classify things like encyclopedias, newspapers and magazines.It can also be used to classify Computer Science and Library Stuff.Here are some familiar titles that would be in the General Works area:

This section is not limited to one specific topic. And, as you look around our media center, you see that they are not located in one specific area. We do have a 000 section on the shelves for books, but our encyclopedias are here and our magazines are there and newspapers are over there next to the circulation desk. Now, where would we go to find our on-line encyclopedias? Are they shelved with the other encyclopedias? 6100Philosophy and PsychologyIn this section we shelve some really neat books especially for those of you interested in learning about humankind and things like love and memory and dreams!Many of you may go on to be psychologists or counselors. If thats you, then you will find all sorts of interesting books here.Here are just a few titles:

The 100 section houses lots of books about lots of different things related to the mind and how it works. Do you ever wonder why we have the dreams that we have? Here, you can find some answers. Do you ever wonder about how we develop our personalities? You know, what makes us, well, us? How many of you girls wonder why boys act the way that they do? And boys? Here, you can find the reasons why!7200ReligionIn the 200 section, we have books about religion.This book is about peoples spiritual search for answers about life and death. Some of the different faiths discussed in this book are Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

Who knows what the best selling book of all time is?The 200 section is another section that is filled with lots of interesting facts and information about world religions. How many different religions do you think there are? Lots! There are some that we dont even know about yet, I bet! So, it would be difficult to have all the books about all the religions in the world in our small media center. But, if there is something that you are interested in, tell me and I will try to find it.In these books, you will read about stuff like gods and goddesses, devils, miracles and reincarnation. Do you know what that word means?If you are really interested in learning more about your religion or other religions you should ask your parents to take you to the public library. Although I do not practice Hinduism, I am reading a really cool book about the religion and people that do practice it.8300Social SciencesThe 300 section will provide a wonderful selection of books on Social Science and some Social Studies topics.Lets take a look inside one of our books on bullying:

Wait, this is not Social Studies! Who knows what we scored lowest on this year on the CRCT? Economics! In what class do you study economics? Thats right, Social Studies. So, I expect to see you all checking out books from this section this year. (SS7E1 The student will analyze different economic systems.)Now, this section is not just for Social Studies books. Do any of you witness bullying or see gang activity? Some of you are peer mediators and assist with conflict resolution for some of these activities. In this section, you will find some books about these topics. Lets take a look inside one of our books on bullying.How many of you have heard your grandparents talk about the Civil Rights Movement? Well, you can also find information about that topic here. Did you know that there have been Civil Rights Movements all over the world throughout history? You may want to check out some books from this section if that interests you.Now you will notice that this section is very large. That is because it houses books on many more topics such as government and law, the military, and education. I encourage you to take a few minutes to peruse this section. It will be a great resource for many of you while completing your social studies projects.Lets take a look at this selection and the book reviews from other readers. You can review books and see what others are saying about books on


Its All Greek to Me!Its All Greek to Me! Its All Greek to Me!How many of you are in foreign language? How many speak more than one language?Do you ever wonder just how our language and others were created? Do you wonder why we make you study Greek and Latin? 6th graders, remember the word etymology? Here, in the 400 section you can find the answers.Language is a fascinating subject and I hope that you will utilize the books that we have available for you to check-out. You see that our selection is fairly limited, but when you get to high school and college, you will have many more resources available. If you are interested in the study of a language that we do not have resources for, see me and I will find some things for you.10

500Natural Science and Math

Natural sciences are those that deal with matter and energy.stuff like Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and AstronomyAnd Math, is, well Math!Lets take a look inside Algebra Unplugged:

Ok, now Math and Science really is Greek to me! So, you guys may be helping me in these areas. The 500 section is dedicated to natural science and math. I am going to show you a couple of books that we have in this section and then you can ask me questions about other books of possible interest. Lets take a look at Algebra Unplugged, first. Pretty cool, huh? Now, lets check out the reviews from the same website.

11Lets look at another title Science and Technology

Who thinks they may want to be a doctor? A pharmacist? An engineer? A homemaker? What about a chef or a forensic scientist? Well, there is much more to those professions than you may think. The 600 section of the library houses books on the scientific and/or technical aspects of these professions. Lets take a look at a couple of our selections from this section.13Human Anatomy

Now, this book has a really in-depth look at the human body and anatomy. Many of you will find this as a great resource for your Health research paper. Those of you interested in becoming doctors or pharmacists will find this informative as well. In addition to having tons of information, it also has beautiful illustrations!14Forensic Science

Remember, we are still looking at selections from the 600 sectionThis is a really cool book that shows how fingerprints are taken and used in forensic science. I am not going to show you the inside because I want you to go check out some of the other really cool stuff in this section.15700Fine Arts and Recreation

Many of you may enjoy visiting museums and looking at art, sculpture and architecture. Some of you may enjoy painting, photography and scrapbooking. What about dance and choreography? Hunting and fishing? Now, I know that all of you like music!The 700 section has our selections about all of these topics.

16800LiteratureHere is part of standard ELA7R1:

g. Explains and analyzes the effects of sound, form, figurative language, and graphics in order to uncover meaning in literature: i. Sound (e.g., alliteration, onomatopoeia, internal rhyme, rhyme scheme) ii. Figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole)

Who can guess what section is my favorite? Thats right, the 800 section! It is all about literature. Here you will find speeches, essays, drama, poetry, some funny stuff called humor and satire, and even fiction..yes, fiction!Did you know that Shakespeare has his own section here? That must mean that he was a pretty terrific writer, huh?Lets look at one of your ELA standards and a book title that we would use in conjunction with this standard.Read the standard. Where do we usually rhyme? Where do we usually study alliteration? Thats right, poetry. But, we also can study these elements in other types of literature as well; such as speeches and fiction.Do you recognize the author? Of course you do! Lets look inside!Lets also look at the book review and see what others are saying.17Who are these guys and girls????

You can find works from all of these authors in the 800 section.18900Geography and History

Who loves to visit and learn about foreign places? I do! Where are my history buffs? This will be a favorite spot for you to visit.Here, you will find books about geography and travel, histories of the ancient worlds, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and other areas. In 7th grade you study the history and geography of most of these places. Come and see me for additional resources!19ReviewFor review, we are going to visit a couple of FUN websites.Matching: Fun:

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