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Elementary Students Participate In Duck, Duck, Dewey Program

Second and third graders participate in interactive program to learn the Dewey Decimal System

Courtesy of the Port Jefferson School District
Courtesy of the Port Jefferson School District

Selinda Moore, librarian at the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School is inspiring students to learn about the Dewey Decimal System through the interactive program Duck, Duck, Dewey.

The Dewey Decimal System is a classification system using numbers and letters to help find books faster and more efficiently. The system is currently being used in over 200,000 libraries worldwide according to Dewey Services

Moore insists that students learn easier when they are participating. The new program has students learn the library classification system using 10 differently themed “Dewey ducks,” one for each category of books. This way it's not only informative, but also fun. Moore said it is also a great way to incorporate the new Common Core State Standards. 

“One of my goals this year was to expose students to informational texts and works of nonfiction as suggested by the Common Core State Standards,” said Moore on the district's website. “This program helps us to do just that. Through these activities, students are not only becoming familiar with the location in the library of texts that interest them, but also texts that will help them succeed in school and give them the background to be better readers in all content areas.”

So far the program has been deemed successful. Since it's inception, more students have begun checking out nonfiction titles. 

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