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Dewey Bingo cards and instructions. I bought blank dice and labelled them - one for 000-400 and one for 500-900, with a free space on each of them - so I can have several tables of kids playing all at once. Kids enjoyed it and they even learned some popular subject numbers! We also cut up all the little squares and attached them to sticks, then played "sticks and stones" arranging the sticks next to cards with hundreds areas on them.
Kate Wolicki, Americana Intermediate School, Glendale Heights, IL.

The BEST idea I ever had on reviewing Dewey for middle school was from LM_Net some time ago. (Thank you to the many people who said they use this and offered variations.)
DEWEY GO FISH: Gather 52 books, 4 each from the various Dewey classes. (I use all the hundreds, biographies, Fiction, and SC story collections - 13 groups of 4 each.) Each table of students plays as a group. I usually give the table a number sign so that play is made more efficient. I deal out 7 "cards" to each table, keep the rest on a cart for "the deck" and review how to play the card game "Go Fish." I ask each table to select a spokesperson. This can change with every round, if needed.
Table # 1 goes first and asks Table # 2 for some Dewey area for which they have a book. (Ex. "Table # 2, Do you have any 200's?") Table # 1 must have a book in the 200's to ask for that category. If they are successful, Table # 1 gets another turn and they move on to ask Table # 3. If they are not successful, Table # 2 will say "Go Fish!" Table # 1 will send a representative up to "draw" a book from the "deck" that is left on the cart. Play will continue with Table # 2 taking a turn next, and so on.
One way to make this game more advanced is to ask each Table to use the area that the Dewey numbers stand for (Ex: "Table # 2, Do you have any religion books?") I usually leave a screen up with the Dewey categories that we are using so the students can refer to it. After one round of play, we reverse the direction of flow and Table # 2 will ask # 1, etc.
I always let the students check out the books they are using to play the game if they want, so I end up replenishing between every class, but it gives the students a view of areas of interest other than fiction. Give stickers or some small prize to the table that has the most groups of four books (Ex: all 4 of the 200's). As we play, I usually ask students to put the finished book groups in a pile in the center of their table. Takes 20 minutes, 30 would be better. I use this during orientation at the beginning of the year or for the second visit.
Karen Perry, Wiley Middle School, Winston-Salem, NC

Dewey Decimal small posters - a word document

Colorful 8 1/2 x 11" posters for the Dewey Decimal system for younger elem. students. Lots of graphics.
Created by Melissa Alexander - Mt. Caesar School, Swanzey NH

Another fun poster to print, legal size, color and laminate on poster paper. I used 3 posters cut and formatted. Found free online years ago, and you can edit. Enjoy! Nancy, Boise

Dewey Decimal brochure - a word document

We use this in the elementary school libraries in several ways. Copies are always readily available for students to use during lessons or free book time. We also used them with Dewey activities, particularly our Dewey "grab bag" - a large bag with many small objects that represent different Dewey catagories. Students have to match their object (ie plastic knight, seashell, etc) to a Dewey number.
Created by Charlotte Lesser, Director of Elem. Library Services, Monadnock Regional School District, Swanzey NH

Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt

I have my fourth grade students do a scavenger hunt after studying the DDC. Each pair of students selects a card which gives a task to be completed by finding a book/books about the subject. The students have a copy of my Dewey Decimal for Kids to refer to. When they find the book(s), they raise their hand. I check off their success, and they select another task. The Word documents for the tasks and the Word version of my Dewey Decimal for kids are here:
Anne Oelke, Cambria-Friesland Schools, Cambria WI

Dewey Wordle Posters


I turned these pdfs into posters for a display as one of my internship projects. This is a new school (1 year old) and has a restriction on adhering things to the walls because of a paint warranty so staff cannot hang much on the walls. The media center only has this one cork strip just inside the main entrance and no other bulletin boards. There are strips running down all the hallways, but the ones near the media center must be shared with music and art classes. Hope you enjoy my project. I had a blast creating it.
Sue Bailey, MEd Instructional Technology/Library Media, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. (Currently Program Coordinator, Valdosta State University Continuing Education.)

Heads Down Dewey Up

Played like Heads Down Seven Up;
I used the above Wordles for each of the "hundreds" and glue on brown paper grocery sacks. I then made cards with titles of nonfiction books. For example: The Life of Lebron James, Whales Around the World, Seven students came to the front and drew a book title card. I said Heads Down Thumbs Up. The seven then went around and tapped a thumb and placed the card on a desk of a student. I said Dewey Up. They read their title and decided which category the book would be shelved and placed in the sack. If correct they came up and if not the original student remained. I had a Dewey brochure for checking if needed. It was a hit. Thanks for the Wordles!
Gail Froeschl, Elementary Media Specialst, Falls City, NE

- Beginners' Lesson on DDS for Microsoft (.ppt)

- Beginners' Lesson on DDS for Open Office (.odp)

Many of you may have seen the DDS Caveman presentation about just how Melville Dewey devised the system for cataloging books eventually to bear his name. The original was created with hand-drawn images. I decided it was time to bring those cavemen into the modern era... (grin). I located Rex May online who is a prolific cartoonist. He agreed to permit the use of his cartoons in the update without charge for the favor of citing him and his website in the presentation (slide 15). During your presentations, you need not show that slide, but if you distribute the presentation, please always include that final slide. You may also open the presentation in PowerPoint and alter it to your own purposes or languages - please make sure to always include that final slide in the alterations of language and format, if necessary. Feel free to add a few blank slides or other slides prior to slide 15 to keep from displaying it to your students if you desire such.
Although it is labeled Beginners' Lesson, I believe it is a good refresher as well since many high school students may not have seen it... additionally, many older students may have wondered how the categories were actually created in the first place and never followed through on finding out ... here is an entertaining tool to solve those problems and reach those students.
I apologize for being such a late-comer to this wiki. . . I love wikis - and I love LM_NET - what a great service to have them both in the same place at the same time... (grin)
Rex May has many cartoons for many categories of social issues - including adult-related issues - please advertise his website using age-appropriate forethought.
I don't believe it can be all that graphic - they are cartoons, after all - but I just needed to warn all of you that the concern is there.

Earl J Moniz, USASOC History Office, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (Librarian of Fortune (retired))

Duck Duck Dewey. For those using the Dewey Decimal Ducks from Highsmith. Here is a Duck for your students to decorate for a Dewey Catagory according to the book they chose from that catagory.