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.