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WebQuest: Dewey Decimal System
DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
WebQuest 
When you have finished this Quest you will know what the
Dewey Decimal System
is, and you and your friends will say……
"Do we know Dewey?"
"Do we?"
"Dewey?"
"BOY! Do we!!"
Quotes from the thinkquest of Nettleton Intermediate Center, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Intro
Task
Web Sites
Process
Evaluation
Conclusion
Questions
Worksheets
 
 
Introduction
The Dewey Decimal System is a system we use to
classify & shelve
books in libraries by 1st grouping them into
10 basic categories.
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The Tasks

1.  Learn the Basic 10 Dewey categories.
2. Learn the difference between Non-Fiction and Fiction.
3. Learn what a call number is.
4. Learn how countries keep their numbers.
5.  Learn the "Top to Bottom" & "Left to Right" rules.
6.  Learn the "General to Specific" & "Drop Back" Theories.
7.  Apply your new knowledge in the creation of a 
   MediaBlender presentation.

 
 
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Web Sites
Instructions for using web sites.
Everything that you need to find is on the following websites.

 
1.  Go to the sites.
2. Read the information in the sites.
3. BACK to Dewey WebQuest page
4. Click on questions.
5. Get Activity Sheets from your 
    teacher and record your answers.

 
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SITE # 1.  "DO WE" REALLY KNOW DEWEY?
www.tqjunior.advanced.org/5002.htm
DEWEY WEBPAGE BY GRADE 6 STUDENTS,
Nettleton Intermediate Centre, Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.A
1. MEET MELVIL
Questions
2. PRE-DEW REVIEW
Questions
3. DEWEY AND THE ALIEN
Questions
4. LET'S "DEW" IT
Questions
5. LET'S DO IT AGAIN - Ultimate Challenge 
Questions
6. LET'S DO THE DEW REVIEW - Quizzes & Puzzles
Questions
SITE # 2.     LET'S DO DEWEY
Call Numbers
www.mtsu/~vesper/dewey.html
WHAT IS A CALL NUMBER?
Questions
Once you get to the site, click on WHAT IS A Call Number.
Read the Call Number lesson (3 pages).

SITE # 3.  THE IPL YOUTH DIVISION  DEWEY DECIMAL COLLECTION
5 Questions
www. ipl.org/youth/dewey/dewey.html

SHORT ANSWERS TO 5 SIMPLE QUESTIONS
Questions
SITE # 4.     THE TEN DEWEY GROUPS
10 Categories
www.tqjunior.advanced.org/5002/Alien/dewchart.htm
THE TEN DEWEY GROUPS   -   10 Categories
Questions
SITE # 5. DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION
100 Categories
penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/Lib/ReaderServices/ddc.htm
THE DEWEY LIST  -  100 categories
Questions
SITE # 6. DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
1000 Categories
www.tnrdlib.bc.ca/dewey.html#top
THE DEWEY LIST  -  1000 Categories
Questions
SITE # 7    DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
Books in the 10 Categories
www.monroe.lib.in.us/childrens/ddctable.html
LISTS OF BOOKS IN THE 10 BASIC CATEGORIES
Questions
SITE # 8.     CAN YOU DO THE DEWEY?
www.thrall.org/dewey/
Take a test at Levels 1 2 or 3 to see if you know the Dewey categories.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Meet Melvil Dewey/ Learn More
Questions
SITE # 9.     SAMPLE PAGES
www.oclc.org/oclc/fp/products/gotnum2.htm
CARTOONS TO SHOW THE 10 BASIC CATEGORIES
Questions

 
 
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The Process
The steps that you need to take to complete this assignment:
 

1.  Read the entire process before starting.
2. Visit every page of every section in #1 Do We Really 
    Know Dewey?
3. Complete the 4 games/quizzes in "Let's Do the Dew Review".
4. Visit as many of the other 8 web sites as you can to 
    understand and remember the information in the 
    Dewey Decimal System.
5. Complete the activities in your booklet for all 9 sites.
6. Check out how you did in "Evaluation", and what you 
    should have learned in "Conclusion".
 
 
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Evaluation
 LEVEL 4:
always focussed on assignment
visited all 9 sites
completed all activities - score of 90-111/111
worked cooperatively with partner/no problems
 LEVEL 3:
usually focussed on assignment
visited all of site #1 and most other sites
completed most activities - score of 80-89/111.
worked cooperatively with partner/slight problems
were overcome
LEVEL 2:
sometimes focussed on assignment
visited all of site #1 and some others.
completed many activities - score of 70-79/111.
ongoing minor problems or 1 major problem 
working with partner
LEVEL 1:
rarely focussed on assignment
visited some of site #1 and some additional sites
completed some activites - score of 69 or less/111.
ongoing major problems working with partner/partner was changed

 
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Conclusion
During the course of this activity you should have learned:
 
  1.  Libraries are organized so that books can easily be 
      found on the shelves.
  2. What the numbers on the spine of a book mean.
  3. How books and other resources in libraries are 
      organized.
  4. How to find categories of non-fiction books on a 
      shelf in a  library.
  5.  How to return categories of non-fiction books to 
      the correct shelf.

 
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QUESTIONS
SITE #1
1. MEET MELVIL   3 marks    Back to Resources Chart for Site 1
1.  Name 3 of the  important contributions Melvil
     Dewey made to the organization of libraries.
2. PRE DEW  REVIEW  13 marks   Back to Resources Chart for Site 1
 The Difference Between Fiction and NonFiction
 1. What are the 2 tricks to remembering the
    difference between Fiction and NonFiction?

 How Fiction and NonFiction Are Shelved
 1. Fiction books are sorted and shelved by ____________.
 2. NonFiction books are sorted and shelved by _________.

 What Is A Call Number?
 1. Where on the book is the call number found?
 2. Is a call number always a number?

 Left to Right and Top to Bottom
 1. Explain the meaning of "Left to Right".
 2. Explain the meaning of "Top to Bottom".

 What Does A Fiction  Call Number Look Like?
 1. Write the call number for a Goosebumps
    novel by R. L. Stine.

 What Does A NonFiction  Call NumberLook Like?
 1. Write the call number for a nonfiction book in
    the category "commercial processing of kidney beans".
 2. How many numbers does a nonfiction call number
    have to the LEFT of the decimal?
 

3. DEWEY AND THE ALIEN   Back to Resources Chart for Site 1
100    24 marks
1.  What question did the Alien and Dewey ask each other?
2.  Name the 2 Dewey categories that relates to this question.
200
1.  What question did the Alien and Dewey ask each other?
2.  Name the 2 Dewey categories that relates to this question.
300
1.  What 2 statements did the Alien and Dewey spoke
 to each other?
2.  Name the Dewey category that relates to this question.
400
1.  What did Dewey know that the Alien would have to learn?
2.  Name the Dewey category that relates to this question.
500
1.  What was the statement that Dewey spoke to the Alien?
2.  Name the Dewey category that relates to this question.
600
1.  What was the statement that Dewey spoke to the Alien?
2.  Name the Dewey categorythat relates to this question.
700
1.  What did Dewey say to the Alien about the 700's?
2.  Name the 2 Dewey categories that relate to this question.
800
1.  What did Dewey say to the Alien about the 800's?
2.  Name the Dewey category that relates to this question.
900
1.  What did Dewey and the Alien do to remember
    their day together?
2.  Name the Dewey category that relates to this question.
000
1.  What did the Alien want to do once he got home?
2.  Name the Dewey category that relates to this question.
4. LET'S DEW IT        Back to Resources Chart for Site 1
 500's - 600's      22 marks
 1.  Explain the difference between the 500's
    (Natural Science) and the 600's (Applied Science).

 500 - 600 Chart
 1.  Give 1 example of a category from the 500's and
    give 1 category in the 600's that relates to it.

 General to Specific
 Write in the  category of each Dewey Decimal
 Call Number as it gets more  and more SPECIFIC.
 1.    600      =   Applied Science
 2.   630       =   _________________________
 3.   636       =   _________________________
 4.   636.7     =   _________________________
 5.   636.75    =   _________________________

 Drop Back Theory
 Write in the number  of each Dewey Call Number
 as the category gets more and more GENERAL.
 1.  Craighead County                    =   ___.____.
 2.  N.E. Counties of Arkansas         =   ___.____.
 3.  Arkansas                             =   ___.____.
 4.  Souht Central U.S.A.               =   ___.____.
 5.  Gen'l History of North America    =   ___.____.
 6.  Encyclopedias                         =   ___.____.
LET'S DEW  IT AGAIN   Back to Resources Chart - Site 1

     THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
 Country Numbers         9 marks
 1.  What is the 3 digit call number for Geography?
 2.  What is the range of 3 digit call numbers for History?
 3.  If 914.8 is the Dewey number for the Greek GEOGRAPHY,
     what is the call number for the HISTORY of Greece?

 Country Numbers - Page 2
 1.  What is the Dewey call number for the Greek LANGUAGE?

 Country Numbers - Page 3
 1.  What is the Dewey call number for the French LANGUAGE?

 Country Numbers - Page 4
 1.  What is the Dewey call number for French GEOGRAPHY?
 2.  What is the Dewey call number for French HISTORY?

 
6. QUIZZES AND PUZZLES     Back to Chart for Site 1
      THE DEW REVIEW
Your teacher/librarian can print these from Web site # 1.
Just for Fun!
Dewey Test
Cryptogram
Word Search
Double Puzzle
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Questions
SITE # 2 LET'S DO DEWEY    7 marks
Call Numbers
1.  Let's see if we can find a butterfly.
Write the Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.
Step 1.   Natural Sciences      = ____
Step 2.  Zoological Sciences     = ____
Step 3.  Worms & insects       = ____
Step 4.  Insects                 = ____
Step 5.  Lepidoptera            = ____
Step 6.  Butterflies             = ____

2.  Exercise 1
What Dewey Decimal Call Number comes first on the shelf?
331.0942     311.07     311.116     311.2     311.018     311.126

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Questions
SITE # 3 THE IPL Youth Division
DEWEY DECIMAL COLLECTION
Five Questions         10 marks
Back to Resources Chart for Site 3
i)   What is the Dewey Decimal Classification System?
ii)   How Is It Organized?
iii)  How Can I Find Things?
iv)  Why Is the Dewey System Still Used?
v)   Should The Dewey System Be Reorganized?
 
 


 






Questions
SITE # 4 THE TEN DEWEY GROUPS
10 Categories        Just for Fun!
Back to Resources Chart for Site 4
1.  Try to write the 10 Dewey Decimal Call Number and their
     Categories from memory. Record your answers on the worksheets.
 

Questions
SITE # 5 DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION
100 Categories         4 marks
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Write the Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.
1.   Folklore            = ____
2.   Math               = ____
3.   Painting            = ____
4    Ancient History    = ____
 
 


 

Questions
SITE # 6 DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
1000 Categories         4 marks
Back to Resources Chart for Site 6
Write the Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.
1.  300's Folklore                      = ____
2.  500's Geometry                    = ____
3.  700's Genre Paintings              = ____
4.  900's Ancient History of Egypt   = ____
 
 

Questions
SITE # 7 DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
Back to Resources Chart for Site 7         10 marks
Write 1 book title and its Dewey Decimal Call Number for each
of the Basic 10 Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.
 
 

Questions
SITE # 8 CAN YOU DO THE DEWEY?
Test Your Knowledge
Back to Resources Chart for Site 8         Just for Fun!
Click to start the test.  Choose a level.  Click on Find Out.
Enter your 3 digit answer.  OK.  Find Out again.
 
 

Questions
SITE # 9 SAMPLE PAGES         5 marks
Cartoons
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Page 1: What Dewey Decimal Call Number & Category did the
          lost book have?
Page 2: What is the Dewey Decimal Call Number for
         "Fairy Tales" ?
Page 3: When did Melvil Dewey create the Dewey Decimal
          System?
Page 4: Name 2 other 2 places in your school library
         (besides the spine) where you could find the
         Dewey Decimal Call Number.
 
 


 
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Dewey WebQuest Answers


Contact Information:
Mrs. Amy Rodriguez
E-mail: arod@aaps.k12.mi.us
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