To organize and keep track of a large collection of books, you have to have a system. Which system you use, depends on how you will need to access and use your media. Many classroom teachers organize their books by reading level or theme. In home libraries, book owners can sort by genre or even cover color.
Dewey Decimal Classification is the most widely-used library system in the world. Melvil Dewey's method was first published in 1876. The system assigns a three-digit number to each book to represent its subject. Decimal points are added when further division is necessary. After they are grouped by subject, books in a category are sorted by the authors' last names. This method allows users to find books about similar topics together on the library shelves.
In order to make the most of the system, most students need a little instructional orientation. To introduce the Dewey Decimal System, begin by reading Do You Know Dewey?: Exploring the Dewey Decimal System by Brian P. Cleary & Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.
Patrons can (obviously) practice the Dewey Decimal System by searching for and locating books on the shelves. Learning stations are another way to help students review the new information.
Dewey See It? poster from Demco, students can play an I-Spy game that helps them review the major Dewey categories. You could also make your own poster with various magazine images at the top and item lists at the bottom. Just be sure to include items from each of the ten classifications.
Students can also play Dewey Match, a game like Memory that helps students build familiarity with the Dewey categories.
Library Skills Game.
Dewey Decimal Rap.