Bucket Filling 101
"Have You Filled A Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud is one of my FAVORITE 'feel good' stories and a book that is known by many. There are a variety of books that can be used to compliment the original story, such as; "How Full is your Bucket?" This is the story I chose this year to review "bucket filling" with my 1st-4th grade students.
Since most of my students are familiar with bucket filling from last year, I start the lesson by discussing "bucket filling" vs. "bucket dipping"; however, I do read "Have You Filled A Bucket Today?" to my PreK and Kindergarten students, since bucket filling is a new concept for them.
After the students watch the video, I ask them to give me examples of "bucket filling" and "bucket dipping" they noticed in the story.
Bucket Filling Activities
The first activity is one that I created last year and used again this year during my bucket filling lesson. For more information, go to this link.
This is a new activity I implemented this year with my lesson. I found some large rocks at one of our local landscaping stores and the owner was kind enough to donate them to me. I wrote negative behaviors, words and actions on each rock, and made a sad bucket. During the lesson, I called up a student to hold the empty (sad) bucket by the handle in front of the class. I explained to the class that my bucket was sad because I was adding negative words and actions to it, instead of filling it up with kind and positive behavior. As I read each rock aloud and added them to the bucket the student was holding, the bucket got heavier and was soon too hard to hold. I asked the student who was holding the bucket how he/she would feel if they had to carry around the bucket filled with the negative rocks all day. We discussed how hard it would be and then we related it to having to carry around those negative feelings with us all day and how hard that would be, too. We discussed as a class the importance of filling a person's bucket with positive, kind and respectful words, behaviors and actions.
Bucket Fillers 101.
Bucket Fillers 101.