Bucket Filling

To help promote character education in our classroom, we read the book, Have You Filled A Bucket Today? This book helps promote positive feelings and attitudes towards ourselves and others. In a new twist on the Golden Rule, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? explains to children that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our feelings about ourselves.  When our buckets are full, we are happy; when they are empty, we are sad.  It’s important to know that we can fill our own bucket and so can others.  We can also dip into it. After we read the book we listed ways to fill other people’s bucket on a big bucket poster. Then we each signed a little paper bucket that said, “I will do my best to be a bucket filler this year.” We then cut out the buckets and hung them around the poster. I have included a link to the “Bucket Fillers” website.




9 thoughts on “Bucket Filling

  1. We really like your idea for filling another person’s bucket. I will try this next year in my classroom.
    My second grade class used your website to talk about blogging. We think you must have a huge classroom to have so many tables and books. We use frogs in our classroom too!
    Have a great rest of the school year!
    Mrs. Lacy in Alabama

  2. Hello Alabama!!!

    We are so glad that you visited our blog!! We work really hard everyday to fill each other’s buckets, we hope that you start doing this too. We do have a pretty big classroom, we are very lucky!! We have tons and tons of frogs in our room, they are everywhere!!! We are glad to hear that you have them too.

    We would like to wish you a wonderful rest of the year too!!
    Mrs. Short’s Class

  3. Yes, they fill out a little slip when someone has filled their bucket, then we do a drawing each Friday for some little prizes.

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  5. HEllo, my name is Alma and I have been teaching 33 years. I want to start the Daily 5 htis year. I will be teaching 1st grade for the second year. I love you ideas, and the photos help a lot! You are so creative and I can tell your kiddos are having fun, and are self-directed. I want that for my class. I will be using a lot of your ideas, and I especially love the the bucket filling idea, wow, it sounds exactly what the world needs…not just kids!! Will buy it right away. My year starts this July 23.

    Thank you again and keep it up…..you are helping so many of us!

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