A Bucket Filler is someone who does and says nice things for other people, filling their invisible "buckets". A bucket dipper is a bully or someone who does mean things to others. It's such an easy concept for kids and I really like the idea of creating a classroom where the students are polite, respectful, and just plain nice people. This book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud illustrates it so well for kids. I would say you could use this book with any elementary aged class.
I started my lesson on Friday by reading the book to the kids and having them brainstorm some ways that they can fill someone's bucket. I then handed out this sheet from Teacher Bits and Bobs.
Mrs. Talbot's Golden Stars. She has linked the song AND included a printout of the lyrics for kids to read along.
Most of these ideas I got from Pinterest, where I have a full board dedicated to Bucket Filler ideas. I also stumbled across a Linky party at First Grade Brain with all ideas about Bucket Filling.
My next steps are to create a bucket board for kids to have each of their own buckets. I was inspired by these boards:
|Via Yearn to Learn|
|Via Ms. Jones' Jungle|
|Via A Day in the Life of a Second Grade Teacher|
When I do eventually make my board, these are the notes my students will be writing to each other. I can't wait!
Bucket Filling Sheet