Students in my class are practicing being bucket fillers! The concept of being a bucket filer comes from Carol McCloud’s Book 'Have You Filled A Bucket Today?' and 'How Full Is Your Bucket' (For Kids) by Tom Rath.
Both books stem around the idea that everyone carries around an invisible bucket that, throughout the day, is being filled by the kind things that you do for others or that others do for you. A bucket filler is someone who is showing positive character traits (kindness, compassion, care, respect, consideration for others), and is being a responsible citizen. When our buckets are full, we feel happy. When our buckets are empty, we feel sad.
For the next few weeks, we will be learning about different qualities that bucket fillers and bucket dippers exhibit. We will be continuously reading and re-reading bucket filling books so that students are able to really grasp the concept of bucket filling. I can wait to have students start practicing being being bucket fillers in the classroom, and encouraging students to be bucket fillers at home!
We used this bulletin board as a visual reminder of bucket filling actions. Whenever I saw someone being a 'bucket filler' I added a star to the bucket. When it was full we celebrated with a popcorn party!
(Teachers: I have created an entire unit to kick start this kindness campaignthat is available for download now. The unit is designed to be done over 3 weeks, has 6 unique lessons, a teaching guide, bulletin board templates, and interactive games! See it here in my TpT store)
For checking out my blog today, I have an awesome freebie for you. One part of the Bucket Filling unit is a 'Bucket Filling, Bucket Dipping' sorting activity. You can use it as a drama game in your class, as a sorting activity in small groups, or as independent work. There is a sorting mat included!
Let me know how you use the Bucket Fillers program in your class. I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below!