Nonfiction Dewey Signs/Game For Your School Library Media Center

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Update: I’ve now included an EDITABLE version of these signs (in addition to the original PDF version) so you can adapt them to your library media center! The editable file is in PUBLISHER format, since it’s what I used to create these signs. If you have already purchased this product, please re-download for the editable version. I hope this helps those of you who have asked about changing some of the Dewey numbers to fit your Media Center’s needs!

This is a collection of 105 nonfiction call number signs to help students identify the nonfiction books that they are looking for.

Years ago I decided to “color code” my nonfiction section to help my very youngest students find what they need. However, I still wanted them to see the call numbers for each subject so that as they got older they would understand how nonfiction books are grouped by subject.

I assigned each of the ten Dewey sections a color (000s are green, 100s are orange, etc.) I then printed out the signs, cut them apart and glued them on that same color construction paper/card stock (cut to size with the construction paper acting as a border or frame) and laminated them. I then used Blu-Tack (reusable adhesive) to adhere them to my library shelves where those books were located. I then purchased color-coded paper tape (I bought mine from Demco) in the same ten colors and placed a small piece of the tape on the spine of each book right above the spine labels. Now all of my nonfiction books in the 000s have green tape on the spine, all of the books in the 100s have orange, etc. It definitely helps with keeping the books shelved properly.

I also printed a second set of these (glued to the same color paper and laminated) and use them as a scavenger hunt when my students are learning about the Dewey Decimal system. I give each student a card and they go to the shelves with their shelf markers and find a book with the matching call number. They then place the shelf marker on the shelf and bring the book to me along with their card for me to check. I then give them another card, they put their book back, remove the shelf marker and off they go to find the next book. They students LOVE this and challenge themselves to find as many as they can in the allotted time!

Download the preview so you can see the list of subjects included. If there are any other subjects you would like a Dewey sign for, I'm happy to make those as well!

NOTE: Some of the pages in the file may have some blank spots. Don’t worry! All 105 signs should still be there. Questions? Just ask!

For a fun lesson to get your students exploring the nonfiction section of your library, click here:

Diving into Dewey!

For a fun spring activity, try my Easter egg hunt:

Dewey Easter Egg Hunt Featuring the Ninja Bunnies!

It uses the same call numbers as this product!

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Nonfiction Dewey Signs/Game For Your School Library Media Center
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Nonfiction Dewey Signs/Game For Your School Library Media Center
Nonfiction Dewey Signs/Game For Your School Library Media Center
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