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Dewey Decimal System Zombie Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade and 8th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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Need Dewey Decimal System activities for older students? Use this two-part Zombie themed library lesson to teach Dewey Decimals through a zombie apocalypse story! It’s great for any time of the year, but it also works well as a Halloween alternative for middle school.

Teach Dewey Decimals from scratch with the two library lessons in this resource.

Part 1 helps you teach Dewey Decimal System basics. This part takes about 20-25 minutes to present. It is a straightforward explanation of Dewey Decimal System history, hundreds classifications, subclassifications, and call numbers.

Part 2 is a Dewey Decimal System story that students LOVE! It imagines that two years ago, the world was overrun by flesh-eating zombies! This story takes about 40 minutes to present and really does help students understand and remember Dewey classifications.

The main character in this story (that’s “you”–it’s narrated in second person) has managed to survive two years, but alone and without any creature comforts.

The story walks students though the ten main Dewey classifications as the world gets “back to normal” after the zombie apocalypse.

This lesson has 45 total pages & slides, and it includes:

  • 36-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, + PDF file formats
    • Part 1 teaches Dewey Decimal System basics
    • Part 2 is a Zombie Apocalypse story that will help students remember the 10 Dewey Decimal System “hundreds” sections
  • Zombie-themed Dewey Decimal System practice worksheet + answer key (2 pages)
  • Zombie-themed Dewey Decimal System reference signs (3 pages)
  • Zombie readalikes bookmarks (4 pages)

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – A.1. – C.1.
  • Collaborate – A.2.

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Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Grade Levels

5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Lesson Plan Included?


Teaching Duration

1 class period, 2 class periods


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