Another interesting thing to know is that fiction is part of the DDC. However, most libraries have such a large fiction collection that they choose to have it separately by author, rather than having a huge area of fiction in the middle.
The Online Computer Library Center of Dublin Ohio actually owns the patent on the DDC. It is regularly revised and updated to accommodate new subjects (for instance, the growth of computer science and the internet). If you look at a detailed chart of the classifications, you'll find that there are numbers that are not used yet to allow for expansion. It is currently undergoing its 15th revision.
One important thing to remember is that there are other classification systems in use. The United States Library of Congress uses a different system, and the Universal Decimal Classification , which is widely viewed as more complex but offering better, simpler classifications.
I have provided no answer sheet because the answers are pretty self-explanatory, and because there can often be more than one possible numbers. The best way to do this exercise is to guess at the answer using the list of subject classifications appropriate for your child, then look the subject up on your local library's website. If that service is not provided, then use that of another library, such as that of the New York Public Library.
And then, if possible, It's time for a field trip. Give the kids a list of the subjects you'll be studying in the next few weeks, plus any they really want to read about, show them how the local library is set up, and send them on their own Book Safari!
Dewey Decimal System Lesson
- 000 – Computer science, information, and general works
070s News Media, Journalism
- 100 – Philosophy and psychology
180s, 190s Philosophy
- 200 – Religion
290s Comparative Religion
- 300 – Social sciences
350 -354 Government
355 - 359 Warfare and Military
360s Social Services
380s Commerce and Transportation
- 400 – Language
430s Germanic Languages
440s Romance Languages
- 500 – Science
550s Earth Sciences
570s Life Sciences
- 600 – Technology
640s Home and Family
660s Chemical Engineering
670s - 680s Manufacturing
- 700 – Arts and Recreation
740s - 750s - 760s Drawing, Painting and Graphic Arts
790s Performing Arts, Games
- 800 – Literature
820s English Literature
830s German Literature
840s Romance - Language Literature
850s Italian Literature
860s Spanish and Portuguese Literature
870s Latin Literature
880s Greek Literature
890s Literature of Other Lands
- 900 – History and geography
929 Genealogy, names, insignias
930s History of the Ancient World
940s General History of Europe
950s General History of Asia
960s General History of Africa
970s General History of North America
980s General History of South America
990s General History of the rest of the World
999 Extraterrestrial Worlds
Dewey Decimal System WorksheetFill in the call numbers where you would probably find these subjects.
In some cases, there could be more than one possibility.
What to make for dinner
Where to go on vacation
Computer has blue screen of death
Washing machine is spraying water all over the room
Life on other planets
Favorite foods of cows
Whether praying mantises really eat their mates
Arthritis in children
Why pigs can't fly
How to get rid of fleas
Who plays Harry Potter in the movies?
Is there a folk song about fish?
Why do stars explode?
What happens when you mix these chemicals?
Can you start a fire with water? (yes!)
I need a Portuguese Love poem.
What style of house do I live in?
What do I do with a misbehaving child?
Is that against the law?
Did dinosaurs eat palm tress?
Why are we here?
Which fork do I use?
Our bulldog eats our shoes.
Who was King of England in 1776?
My photos of tree slugs are uninspiring.
Dewey Decimal System for Younger Children000 Generalities
Here we find books about computers, encyclopedias, almanacs, and books about books and
100 Philosophy & psychology
Studies of how the mind works, how we should live, and how we should think.
Books about ways that people believe.
300 Social sciences
Books about how people live together in communities. Includes laws, how money works, and
how people live.
Where languages came from, how English is properly spoken, and how to speak other languages.
500 Natural sciences & mathematics
Books about math, stars and planets, animals, dinosaurs, and more!
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
Books on subjects from medicine to cooking to making things in factories...
700 The arts
From architecture to painting to photography and games.
800 Literature & rhetoric
Fiction around the world.
900 Geography & history
Countries around the world
Dewey Decimal system for Younger Children WorksheetWrite the call number of the Dewey Decimal System you would probably find the
The History of Africa
How to play hopscotch