The Numbers in Nonfiction
We have learned the recipe for making a nonfiction call number.
numbers (for the subject)
first three letters of the author’s last
Now let’s learn more about the numbers in a nonfiction call
How do we know what number
goes with each subject ?By using something cool
called The Dewey Decimal System !!
The Dewey Decimal System is a tool used to sort
books intogroups or
This system was invented by a man
named Melvil Dewey.
He was a librarian who lived long ago.
Sorting books by subject, what a brilliant idea!!
I think I’ve got it !!
10 general groups for sorting all of the subjects
General means broad, lots of
subjects will fit into each group.
Here are the 10 general groups for sorting books
in the Dewey Decimal System:
General Works Philosophy
Religion Social Studies
Technology Arts and Leisure
This seems like a lot to remember, but don’t worry you’ll learn it all quickly.
So let’s get going !!!!
000s-General WorksBooks that fit in this
group have many different subjects in them. Like: Encyclopedias or The Guinness Book
This is also where books on unexplained subjects would be found-like The Loch Ness Monster.
100s-PhilosophyBooks that fit in this group tell about how we think and feel.
200s-ReligionBooks in this group tell about different religions or stories from the bible.
300s-Social StudiesBooks in this group tell
about how people live together.
holidays and customsgovernment, military
Fairy tales and folk tales are also placed in the 300s. Many were written to teach a lesson about behavior
and.. That’s social studies.
400s-LanguageBooks in this group are about different languages or grammar.
500s-ScienceBooks in this group
are about things from nature.
600s-TechnologyThis group has books that are about man-made things.
700s-Arts and LeisureBooks in this group are
about things we do for fun.
800s-LiteratureBooks in this group
are stories, plays, or poetry.
This is the group fiction books were put in long ago when The Dewey Decimal System was first invented.
Today we have too many fiction books in our libraries to organize them in this way, so fiction books have their own way of being organized.You know, in ABC
order, by author !
Books in this group tell about events of the past and countries of the world.
Biography- 92Don’t forget this group. It contains books about famous people’s lives.
Knowing these big groups will help make it easier to find the books you want in the nonfiction section.
Remember, nonfiction call numbers are placed in number order first, so that means all of the books about the same subject end up near each other on the shelf.That’s Smart !!!!
Let’s See What You’ve Learned
Call numbers help us find
the books we want to read !!!
1. What is the recipe for a nonfiction call number?Numbers (for the subject)
First three letters in the author’s last name
2. What system tells us what numbers go with each subject?
Dewey Decimal System
3. Who is responsible for inventing the Dewey Decimal System?
4. Mr. Dewey matched a number with each _____________.
5. All school libraries use the Dewey Decimal System.