Kiwanis Club of Coldwater-The Dictionary Project
What is The Dictionary Project?


The Kiwanis Club of Coldwater distributes personal dictionaries to third grade students at Jefferson Elementary, Pansophia Academy and St. Charles School. The dictionaries are a gift and it does not require any achievement or goal setting, but it is an effort to provide a learning tool to students.
What are the goals of The Dictionary Project?
The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.
How does this benefit the school?
46 of the 50 states specifically include dictionary skills in their elementary language arts standards. Because the dictionaries are used regularly in the classroom the students more easily reach the required standards.
What benefits do the students receive?
Using a dictionary helps a child develop skills in two areas that will improve both reading and writing ability. First, independently looking up words in a dictionary requires a student to think critically, cultivating problem-solving skills. Second, by learning the meanings, part of speech, and other properties of a word, a student acquires knowledge and builds vocabulary. Learning new words expands a child’s frame of reference and ability to form associations. A student who has a dictionary of his or her own is more likely to use it, and use it often, than a student who only has access to a classroom dictionary.
Why does Kiwanis distribute dictionaries?
“ Raising Literacy Levels” is the Signature Project of the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater. There are few things more important to the future success of a child than their ability to read proficiently. Children in early elementary simultaneously learn to read and read to learn. The lack of proficiency will impact the ability of students to graduate from high school on time. The Dictionary Project is one of the programs that Kiwanis participates in to make an impact on literacy.