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Laura Brooks encouraged me to post here--my first time to visit this site. Below is the message I posted on LM_Net----and received over 50 requests for the word versions of my Dewey for kids and the cards I used for this activity. So I have attached the two files here.

Today I completed one of my favorite Dewey Decimal activities with fourth grade. We've studied Dewey quite a bit, so for this last class of the year (other activities will supersede class the next 2 weeks) I used a variation of the Scavenger hunt found here: by Marietta Sue Dennis. I'm sure that I found it originally through LM_Net, but I can't find the post in the archives. I thought it was Suby Wallace whose Thinkquest, Do We do Dewey, I use every year.
I pair up the students, give each pair a Dewey Decimal sheet with the categories from my Dewey for kids web site: Then each pair get a different card with a task. They may use only the DDC sheet to find a book that would answer the question or help them do the task. Examples are: You have to explain football to Mrs. Oelke, or You need to identify a tree in your back yard, Or You need to plan a trip to Hawaii. etc. When the pair find a book that will work, they raise their hand and I check their work. If it is correct, I put a colored check on the post it note that has their names on it. Then they turn in that card and get a new one. I run around like crazy, but they love it. In 20 minutes the top pairs got 8-9 cards, and every pair got at least 3. Noisy, crazy, but all of us had fun.

Download dewey scavenger cards.doc
Download deweyfor kids.doc

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