Important skills learned by using the Dewey Decimal System include numerical and alphabetical order, as well as recognizing and understanding a system of organization. As teacher/librarians, we should do everything we can to encourage reading, but we mustn't skip over these valuable lessons taught by the DDC just to make things easier for children now. These are skills they will use for the rest of their lives when they're applied in so many other areas outside of the library.
This lesson kit is comprised of 37 pages and includes 24 mock book covers with call numbers on the spine, mini-posters of the 10 main classes of the DDC, and pages on "How to Find Your Way Around the Library" and "The Dewey Decimal Classification System," which can be used as lecture notes or hand-outs to the students. It also shows three ways this kit may be used: as a group lesson, individual lessons, or for training or testing your library aides' ability to put books in correct numerical order.
Students will fold the pages to create mock book covers that they will shelve in correct numerical order after this lesson is taught. A wise math teacher told me to teach decimal fractions as if they were money. She said, "Kids understand money, but they don't always make the connection that dollars and cents are actually decimal fractions." Students who struggle with reading call numbers and numerical order can better understand it when they look at the call numbers as money.
This lesson teaches them that everything numbered in the library is in order from least to greatest and how to understand decimal fractions when reading call numbers. When we teach kids how to use the DDC system, the knowledge benefits them for years to come as it segues into so many other real life skills outside of the library.