Dewey Decimal System & Research Skills

Crossword Puzzle Exercise
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Word Bank: bible, biography, decimal, dewey, facts, folktales, free, history, man, natural, place, poetry, social, ten, two, words

Complete the crossword, then click on "Check" to check your answer. Click on a number in the grid to see the clue or clues for that number.
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3. A true story about a person's life is called a _____. These books are usually found in the 900's.
4. Science books about things that occur in nature such as the stars or wild animals can be found in the 500's or the _____ science section of the library.
7. Books about things we do in our _____ time, like rollerskating, coin-collecting, or drawing can be found in the 700's or the art and leisure section of the library.
8. A _____ is a number between two whole numbers. For example, if Sally had 1.5 packs of gum (or one and a half packs of gum), her number would be marked between the whole numbers 1 and 2 on a number line.
11. Any fiction book can be found in the 800's, but in most libraries, this is also where you find the _____ books.
12. Books about our community can be found in the 300's which is the _____ science section.
14. Melvil Dewey created a system for organizing all books called the _____ Decimal System.


1. _____ are oral stories told a long time ago and were eventually written down. These stories can be found in the 300's.
2. Science books about technology or things created by _____ can be found in the 600's.
5. The Dewey Decimal System is made up of _____ different categories.
6. A _____ book about the Civil War would be found in the 900's.
7. Books with a lot of _____ can be found in the 100's.
9. Books about how we use _____ and foreign languages, such as a Spanish dictionary can be found in the 400's.
10. Stories from the _____ can be found in the 200's.
11. If you are looking for a book about a _____, such as Egypt or North Carolina, you should look in the 900's.
13. Books about science can be found in _____ sections, the 500's and the 600's.