If you’ve thought about abandoning the Dewey Decimal System, but dread the work of creating a new classification system, look no further.  

This is a system designed by Kristie Miller and Christopher Harris and it’s yours to use, change, whatever.  Isn’t that cool of them?

Elementary School Classification System

By Kristie Miller and Christopher Harris

  • The Living World

    • Animals
      • Wild Animals (By Class then Name)
        • Mammals
          • Cats
          • Bears
          • Etc.
        • Reptiles
          • Etc
      • Domesticated Animals (By Name)
        • Cow (all types)
        • Dogs (all types)
        • Etc.
        • Working Animals
    • Plants
      • Trees
      • Plants
      • Flowers
      • Fungi
    • Agriculture
      • The Farm
        • Farm Equipment
        • Barns and Farm Buildings
        • Farm Crops
      • The Garden
        • Garden Plants
          • Fruits and Vegetables
          • Flowers and Houseplants
      • Soil
    • Dinosaurs and Pre-Historic Life
      • Dinosaurs
      • Pre-historic Plants
      • Pre-historic Animals
  • STEM

    • Science
      • Life Science
        • Biomes
          • Tundra
          • Grasslands
          • Etc.
        • Food Webs
      • Earth Science
        • Geology
          • Fossils
          • Rocks and Minerals
        • Forces of Nature
          • Volcanoes
          • Earthquakes
          • Glaciers
          • Tsunamis
          • Etc.
        • Landforms
          • Mountains
          • Oceans
          • Rivers
          • Lakes
          • Etc.
      • Weather / Severe Weather
        • Hurricanes
        • Tornados
        • Lightning
        • Etc.
      • Seasons
      • Space
        • Planets
        • The Sun
        • The Moon
        • Stars
        • Space Travel
      • Physics
        • Energy and Forces
          • Heat
          • Light
          • Sound
          • Motion
          • Weight
          • Magnets
          • Gravity
        • Building Blocks
          • Elements
          • Atoms
      • Science Experiments
    • Technology
      • Transportation
        • Ground
          • Cars
          • Trucks
          • Motorcycles
          • Bicycles
          • Motorsports (eg. Snowmobiles, BMX, NASCAR)
        • Air
        • Water
    • Engineering (architecture etc)
      • Construction
        • Construction Equipment
        • Materials
          • Wood
          • Plastic
          • Glass
          • Etc.
      • Architecture
        • Bridges
        • Dams
        • Buildings
        • Etc.
      • Inventions and Inventors
      • Futurism
      • Communication Technologies
        • Computers
        • Internet
        • Etc.
      • Television and Movies
        • The Technology
        • Making Movies/TV shows
        • History of
        • Books about movies/shows
          • Star Wars Vehicles
      • Energy
        • Natural Resources
        • Electricity
    • Mathematics
      • Time
      • Numbers
      • Measurement
      • Computation
        • Addition
        • Subtraction
        • Etc.
      • Advanced Math
  • Healthy Living

    • Health
      • The Body
      • Exercise
    • Medicine
      • Diseases
      • First Aid
      • Medical Technology
      • Death
    • Food and Cooking
      • Cookbooks
      • Special Diets
      • International Foods
      • Holiday Foods
      • Historical Foods
      • Types of Food
        • Sugar
        • Meat
        • Etc.
  • The Arts

    • Art and Artists
      • Artistic Concepts
        • Color
        • Perspective
        • Etc.
      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Sculpture
      • Art History
      • Artists and their works
    • Music
      • Musical Concepts
      • Instruments
        • Woodwinds
        • Brass
        • Strings
        • Vocal
        • Etc.
      • Music History
      • Musicians and their works
    • Theatre Arts
      • Theatre Concepts
      • Theatre History
      • Dramas
      • Musicals
  • Play

    • Sports
      • Football
      • Baseball
      • Horsemanship
      • Hunting/Fishing
      • Camping/Hiking
      • Winter sports
      • Etc.
    • Toys
    • Games
      • Video
      • Analog
    • Jokes and Riddles
    • Puzzles
      • Crafts and Hobbies
      • Woodworking
      • Metalworking
      • Paper crafts
      • Knitting
      • Sewing
      • Collecting
      • Etc.
  • Social Studies (history and political geography)

    • History and Countries
      • Local
      • State (New York)
        • Erie Canal
      • US
        • Native People
        • Pre-Colonial
        • Colonial
        • Revolutionary
        • Civil War and Reconstruction
        • The States
        • Etc.
      • World
        • The Americas
        • Asia
        • Australia and Pacific Islands
        • Europe
        • Africa
        • Middle East
        • United Nations
      • Explorers
    • Government
      • Executive
      • Legislative
      • Judicial
      • The Military
        • Military Vehicles
        • Branches of Service
        • Weapons
      • Special Agencies
        • FBI
        • CIA
        • Sky Marshals
        • Etc.
    • Communities and Community Helpers
      • The Hospital
        • Doctors
        • Ambulances
        • EMTS
      • The Police Station
        • Police
          • Crime
          • Forensics
      • The Fire Department
      • The Library
      • The Market
      • The Museum
      • The School
      • The College or University
      • The Bank
      • Journalism
      • Careers
      • Community Groups
      • Holidays and Traditions
      • Clothes and Costumes
      • Rural communities
      • Urban communities
    • The Environment
      • Trash
      • Pollution
      • Recycling
      • Sustainable Energy
    • Community Issues
      • Terrorism
      • Sexism
      • Racism
      • Child Abuse
      • Bullying
      • Death and Dying
    • Religion
      • Alphabetical by religion (mythology under traditional literature)
  • Languages

    • History of Languages
    • ELA Concepts
      • Rhyming
      • Alliteration
      • Etc.
    • LOTE
    • Sign Language
    • Writing
    • Language Reference Books
  • Fiction

    • Poetry
    • Fantasy
      • Collections
      • By Author
    • Historical
      • Collections
      • By Author
    • Pullout Series
    • Traditional Literature
      • Mythology
      • Folk/Fairy Tales by Region
      • The Supernatural and Unexplained / Modern Legends
    • Literary Criticism

This elementary school classification system is released under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial, share-and-share-alike license.

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  3. windycitylibrarian answered: I’ve been toying with this idea since my cohort talked about it in grad school, but I don’t know how feasible it is for me. At least for now.
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