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Why Do We Need the Dewey Decimal System? - Emily Foster and the Oakland Public Library

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This blog post explains the different categories of the Dewey Decimal System, including descriptions of subcategories found within each of the ten main categories. Also, the author...more
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This blog post explains the different categories of the Dewey Decimal System, including descriptions of subcategories found within each of the ten main categories. Also, the author shares why it is necessary to include subcategories as a means for locating specific information within broad category topics. Another point stated in the blog discusses the need to make numbers longer because much of the information found in today's libraries hadn't happened at the time of the system's creation.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (86), Research (31)

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Use this blog post as a starting point for student research into a variety of topics. For example, ask students to find and share examples of books that include items or events not thought possible when the Dewey Decimal system was created. Ask students to visualize future events and how they would be classified. Use an online organization tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to create columns for each category and ask students to create a post sharing a possible item that might fit in that category in the future.

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Making Dewey Fun! A Roundup of Ideas, Games, and Activities - Kathy Cool

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This blog post shares several free ideas for spicing up lessons on the Dewey Decimal System. Ideas include creating word clouds, Pictionary games, sorting activities, and more. Use...more
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This blog post shares several free ideas for spicing up lessons on the Dewey Decimal System. Ideas include creating word clouds, Pictionary games, sorting activities, and more. Use these ideas to fuel your imagination on how to make your Dewey Decimal System activities into interactive and meaningful lessons.
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tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (86), Research (31)

In the Classroom

Create word clouds for each Dewey Decimal category using any number of free online word cloud creators. WordArt, reviewed here, includes tools for customizing colors, fonts, and shapes. Ask students to create a WordArt creation for each classification, then print and display as a reminder for students to use when browsing for library materials. Challenge students to "show what they know" by playing online quizzes. Baamboozle, reviewed here, is an easy to use quiz tool for team play. Search Baamboozle for games that already provide practice on the Dewey Decimal system or create your own.

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Bob the Alien Discovers the Dewey Decimal System - Capstone Publishers

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Follow along with Bob, the alien, in this video journey documenting how he learns about the Dewey Decimal System to use in his research about spiders. The wordless video uses ...more
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Follow along with Bob, the alien, in this video journey documenting how he learns about the Dewey Decimal System to use in his research about spiders. The wordless video uses animation and text to teach viewers how non-fiction materials are categorized in the library.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (86), Research (31)

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Share a link to this video on classroom computers for students to view as part of a library learning center. Send students on a scavenger hunt using GooseChase, reviewed here, to find books within each of the Dewey Decimal categories. GooseChase is a digital scavenger hunt that offers tools for adding images and recording the findings of groups during a scavenger hunt. Divide students into collaborative groups to create infographics using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to share information about the individual Dewey Decimal categories. Share each of the infographics on your class website or include them in a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. With Book Creator, you can include student-created infographics, videos, audio recordings, and more to provide students with a complete overview of how to use the Dewey Decimal System to find library materials.

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The Dewey Decimal Classification System - Lenny Dutton

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This YouTube video explains the reason why the Dewey Decimal Classification system was created and also describes the different categories of the system. The video touches on why the...more
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This YouTube video explains the reason why the Dewey Decimal Classification system was created and also describes the different categories of the system. The video touches on why the system is broken down into subgroups to provide an additional organization structure within each group.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (86), Research (31)

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Include this video along with your other activities when teaching about the Dewey Decimal System. This YouTube video was created using Powtoon, reviewed here, an easy to use video creation tool. Challenge students or groups of students to create their own explanation video of the creation of the Dewey Decimal System and how to use it to find information in the library. Extend learning further by asking students to create monthly podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share additional information about non-fiction materials in the library. For example, take a category each month and have your students share information about what to find in the category along with some suggested books to use for school projects or personal reading.

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The Dewey Decimal Rap - Mr. Scooter

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Learn about the Dewey Decimal number classifications through this light-hearted rap presentation. "Melville Dewey" shares how libraries organize non-fiction materials by introducing...more
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Learn about the Dewey Decimal number classifications through this light-hearted rap presentation. "Melville Dewey" shares how libraries organize non-fiction materials by introducing the general classifications category topics. Follow along with the text shared below the video.

tag(s): classification (29), media literacy (86), Research (31)

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Include this video along with your other lessons on the Dewey Decimal system using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Differentiate instruction easily using AcitivelyLearn to create assignments based on student interests and abilities. Challenge students to create their own presentations to teach the Dewey Decimal systems using Biteable, reviewed here, and share on TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Reading Treks: Whirligig - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration...more
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TeachersFirst Reading Treks create a virtual field trip of resources about a piece of literature or text using the My Maps feature of Google Maps. This Reading Trek provides inspiration and suggestions for using the trade book Whirligig. Brent Bishop, seventeen-years-old, constructs whirligigs in the four corners of the United States as penance and redemption after he accidentally kills another person in a car crash while trying to commit suicide. Use our robust Instructional Guide with students in grades 7-10. Content correlates to National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, ISTE Student Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. Find the entire selection of Reading Treks here.

tag(s): character education (4), drugs and alcohol (27), virtual field trips (77)

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You and your students will enjoy and learn from the many suggested classroom uses for this resource found on the Instructional Guide (PDF). Consider using the historical information and primary sources from the book to have students create timelines of the important events during Brent Bishop's journey. Find a variety of free online timeline creation tools located here. Using the map and locales, trace and then calculate distances for some of the stops made as Brent Bishop travels the country building whirligigs. Use Google My Maps, reviewed here, to create and share custom maps.
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OK2Ask: Keep On, Keepin' On - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from April 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. Simple, powerful, and free -- take organizing, note-taking, and collaborating to new heights with Google Keep. Learn how to maximize student productivity with great features for capturing ideas, collaborating on projects, curating resources, receiving reminders, and taking notes. See how easy it is to incorporate text, images, audio, and drawings on virtual color-coded sticky notes and checklists. "Keep" your classroom workflow smooth and on task with Google Keep. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Learn the basics of using Google Keep for organization; 2. Explore strategies to enhance notetaking and resource curation; and 3. Plan for the use of Google Keep in your classroom for student productivity. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): Formative Assessment (15), Google (49), organizational skills (110), professional development (227)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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