Are you a bucket filler?

Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?  Well, we are always great bucket fillers!

As part of our school red ribbon campaign, our school implemented how we can respect ourselves and respect others by saying no to drugs.  Two awesome books to show students about kindness, respect, and many important character traits are Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and How Full is Your Bucket? for Kids by Tom Rath.

I started off by reading Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids as our introduction.  My firsties LOVED it and to be honest, I think we should read this book more often, even as adults!  We learned that we can be bucket fillers, those of us that help, encourage, cooperate, lead, and support others, and we also learned that we can also be bucket dippers, those that are negative, disrespectful, and mean.  You see, we all carry this invisible bucket over our heads and throughout the day it gets filled with positivity or it gets dipped into when we are negative or someone else is negative towards us.  When we fill another person's bucket, we fill up our buckets too; when we dip into another person's bucket, we dip into our own bucket as well.

After I read the story, we made our Bucket Fillers and Bucket Dippers chart.

Throughout the month long lesson, we slowly composed our first lapbook.  I didn't have time to create my own TpT product, and I was so happy to find this great interactive file from The Diary of a Nerdy Teacher.

First, we wrote how we can be a bucket filler by ... I used my fav color file folder so students can glue this writing prompt to the front of their lapbook.  Colors always make us so happy! The students enhanced their cover by coloring their Bucket Filler sticker.  Then I read How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids and again, we loved it!  This is a story about a little boy who learns how to be a bucket filler.  The students categorize bucket filling and bucket dipping scenarios and put the words in alphabetical order.

We decided that we needed a bucket for our class.  I asked parents for the following donations: small bucket, ribbon, and pom-pom balls.  I already had googly eyes and our fav tool, hot glue gun.  A student was selected to be our bucket filler.  When we receive a compliment, someone does something super, and we just do a random act of kindness, the "bucket filler" places one pom-pom inside of our bucket.  When the bucket is full, we will celebrate. Our first celebration will be a popcorn party!  We are almost there! :)

You can also have individual buckets for each student so they can fill up their own bucket.  I have seen teachers implement this great idea by using cups as buckets.

So here is how you can make your class bucket.  

Of course, we had a door decorating contest and I'm so blessed for my awesome creative mom!  She drew everything by hand!  I would never have been able to do that!  I just told her to do the door and she went all the way out and filled up my bucket! What do you think?

One of my students surprised me with this little important reminder! She told me that she promised that she will always be a bucket filler!  I know she will!  So I put the picture in a frame and hung it up in my classroom!  This is great daily reminder to all of us to always be great bucket fillers!

I can't express how important and meaningful these books are to my class! I heard about these books before, but didn't read them until this year.  I'm so glad that we implemented this program in our school.  Now everyday, the students are always using the words "bucket fillers" and the parents love it! Of course, this fills up my bucket!

So I'm going to continue to be a bucket filler and fill up your bucket...

Make everyday a whoop-whoop day because you are someone's hero! 

How about you?  How are you a bucket filler?