Are you a bucket filler?

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A teacher on my grade level introduced me to this FABULOUS book. Then, I started googling (it's a verb) away! I found multiple ideas and much inspiration from Mrs. Walker's ClassThe First Grade Parade, and this cute video on SchoolTube .  I wanted to know how to implement a "Bucket Filling" system in my class. I think it's so important for all of my first graders' buckets be filled to the brim.  I love to see my 1st graders laugh and smile. It's almost as important as learning. But no worries folks....
we laugh, smile, AND learn!
Read the book,  "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?".  Talk to your kiddos about how to be bucket fillers and how to NOT be a bucket dipper. I made it into a chart because the utter lack of space!  And...I'll probably be a rotating classroom next year.  I would love to buy actual buckets for each of my kiddos, but where would I put them?



Each student has their own bucket. 
These are made from library pockets and scrapbook paper.

First person to guess where I got this bucket gets a gold star!


 A student can fill another students bucket by filling this out:
Tips:
*Students may NOT look in any one else's bucket (this is a private thing)!
*We will get any notes from our bucket on Friday's and if you want to fill a bucket, you can do it during any independent time.
*We talk about what happens if our bucket is empty (sometimes this happens, but we just keep filling others buckets). And, this doesn't mean that our inner buckets aren't full.
*I even have a bucket and I know I'll be so excited/happy when mine is full too!

Have you filled a bucket today?


Click {here} for 3 cute *free* downloads for Bucket Fillers that I made especially for Y.O.U.!


Clipart and or fonts copyright Diane J. Hook and used with permission. www.djinkers.com

33 comments:

Natalie Kay said...

Awww!! I've heard variations of this idea, but I've never known how to implement it in my classroom. This is a super cute idea and perfect to begin this Valentine's season! Thanks Rachelle!!

Natalie Kay said...

oh, and is your bucket from Target? I know I've seen it somewhere before.

Pinks My Ink said...

I was all set to begin Bucket Filling this year and then we started RtI, which has taken over..... I have everything ready, so next year will definitely be our Bucket Filling Beginning!

Erin said...

I read the book at the beginning of the year and the kids still refer to it when we talk about treating others with respect.

Emma Moyer said...

This is such a cute idea. I like how it is a more positive spin on behavior management!

Emma@cuddlenread.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

Thanks for the cute printables! Love them

Gwen said...

I love this books and have read it to the kids the last two years. I haven't quite found a system to use in my room though. Thanks for your ideas!

http://fantasticinfirst.blogspot.com

mikey said...

I do this in my kindergarten too. The kids love it. They each have their own bucket (I ordered from Oriental Trading) that they fill with pom poms, when I catch them doing something nice. Once their bucket is full, we empty it and I put a sticker on it. Hopefully by the end of the year, their buckets will be covered in stickers and they will take them home as a keepsake.

Kris... said...

So sweet-I've been seeing this around as well. There's another book that is the same concept. It's called "The Little Pot" by Dawn Stephens.

Mrs. Nielson said...

I LOVE bucket filling in my classroom. The kids each have a "bucket" (we use plastic cups with their names on them). They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE giving each other bucket slips and I am often surprised and elated to have students who wouldn't normally "mesh" give each other slips!
Have you seen the other bucket books? They are AMAZING as well!

Bethany McClure {Polka Dot Parlor} said...

This is such a great book! I love the printables that you made. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

-Bethany
www.learningisajourney.com
bethanymcclure.blogspot.com

Cristy Wagner said...

We read this story in the beginning of the year. We have a class 'bucket' and any time we get a compliment from another teacher about our class behavior, we add a fuzzy (small pom pom). If I see or hear a child not being kind to a friend, I pull them aside and let them know that they are being a bucket dipper. The same goes for the positive, when a child is being kind I make a statement to the entire class the "Johnny is being a bucket filler. He just..."
Love your blog!
Cristy Wagner
www.krazy4kinders.blogspot.com

B. Roper said...

I love Love this book and use it often to remind students to be kind. I have the clip system for behavior and those filling others buckets will get to move up on the chart. I haven't done individual buckets but have done table ones for those tables working together and being kind. I will have to incorporate your printables. Thanks so much!

You may also want to check out My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook! It as a great book about blurting out!

http://reallyroper.blogspot.com/

K. Zopp said...

I just read this book to my class on Friday and my most recent blog post is about it too! Thanks for the great extension ideas...it has been my project this weekend to come up with ways to keep extending this concept so when I came across your post I was very excited. Funny how timing works!

Mrs. Perry said...

My whole team uses this book. We bought mini-buckets from the Dollar Tree (the white ones in the wedding section). They're 3 for $1. We also bought small hanging bags that are sectioned off. Each student has their own mini-bucket. I'll have to take pictures of it to show you. I highly recommend the buckets because they can be used from year to year, and they're very sturdy. I have a picture of each student beside their bucket to help keep track of the notes. I love "bucket fillers" so much that I even bought my team some giant buckets for our desks! We fill each others buckets all the time with gifts, favorite things, and notes!

First Grade Best said...

Perfect! We also do "Bucket Fillers"! Space can be a problem and I love your pocket chart idea! Thanks so much for sharing the downloads! I plan to reorganize my bucket system this week!

~Michelle
http://firstgradebest.blogspot.com

Keith Schoch said...

Love your site! Such practical ideas for teachers and homeschoolers! I'm your newest follower.

Thanks also for listing my blog here!

Teaching Heart Mom said...

Love this book! I added your post to the Teaching Heart Bucket Filling Page:
http://www.teachingheart.net/bucket.html

Chantelle said...

Very cute! Your bulletin board came out very nice Rachelle! :)

Chanty

www.theteachingbug.blogspot.com

teachermomof2 said...

I'm planning on using this during these final months of school. Thanks for the great printables.

Bulletin Board Ideas said...

Hi Rachelle! Wanted to stop by and let you know that we featured this fantastic bulletin board design at our blog, Bulletin Board Ideas. We just LOVED the bright colors and free printables :) We made sure to give both photo credit and a link back to your site, but we'd love for you to take a look and, if there are any problems, we'll be sure to take the feature down immediately!

Thanks so much {and keep up the great work!},
Kayla Johnson
kjohnson@mpmmgmt.com

Stacey Tolbert said...

This is such a great idea for increasing student's self-esteem. I have not read that book so I will certainly check it out. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachelle, I was looking for an idea for one of my bulletin boards that would be related to my class theme on Positive Behavior. I loved this idea and will use it in my 5th grade class. I will also read the book to them. Thank you very much

Keri Kelly said...

thank you for the awesome printables and ideas...i have been wanting to do this positive reinforcement with my class but never had the space-you have saved the day!

KatieStock said...

Hi-
Just a quick question, the large bucket that is on the floor is that just a prop or do you use that for something too, and if so what?

Thanks, such a great idea, and space saver!!

teach said...

Did you get the bucket at the dollar store...

Mrs. Blanton said...

Love this :) We just started a conversation on this today.

http://rtiandyou.blogspot.com/

Ketutar said...

I learned about this only today. It might be that my grasp of this idea is not very good, but it worries me a lot. It feels like giving Valentine's, but not only one day of the year, but every day.

I get such nasty flashbacks... You see, I have Asperger's, and as I'm 42, no-one knew about things like that where I was growing up when I was growing up. I seemed to be a normal child, except that there was something off, and everyone knew it. The teacher I had from 1st class to 4th was amazing. 5-6 was her husband, and he was okay too. But 7-9... Until then I had been in a small school, and kids had been nice, but then we moved into a big school, and kids weren't nice anymore. High School was pure hell.
At one point the teacher got a "brilliant" idea. She had read about one of these experiments, and told us to write a little note to our class mates. I was a good kid, so I wrote something nice to everyone. Only half the class wrote something to me, and only three of those notes were kind. In a "I suppose she is nice" kind of general manner. I didn't get any "candy" to suck on.

Now, this "We talk about what happens if our bucket is empty (sometimes this happens, but we just keep filling others buckets). And, this doesn't mean that our inner buckets aren't full." worries me a lot.
Are you saying that you think it's okay that some kids don't get bucket fillers?
So you haven't told your kids that NOT giving someone a bucket filler is also a bucket dipper? That thinking "ew, I don't want to play with him, he smells funny" and then not play with him, is WORSE than bucket dipping, it's digging a hole into his bucket! Didn't you get the part where they were talking about "sometimes people whose buckets are empty are mean because they have nothing to share"? This is extremely important especially in kindergarten, because the kids there aren't responsible for their lack of hygiene, money, manners or anything. They don't dress themselves, they can't hide their "ugliness" in make-up and clothes, they can't buy acceptance and doesn't get that idea either.
Are you saying that you make the kids responsible of filling their own buckets by talking about some invisible inner buckets that are supposed to get magically filled, even when puts anything in them?

And how can you get happy about all the notes you get when there are children in your class who get none? Of course you get notes, your their teacher, they adore you by proxy!

Do you even know there are kids who refuse to go to school at Valentine's because they know they won't get any cards? You are making every day such a hellish day for them.

I mean being together with people can be nice, but only if those people are nice to you. It might be "your fault" that they aren't, but when it comes to neurodifferent kids, like me and all the kids with ADHD and ADD and what not, it's not our fault, because we don't get the social game rules of normal people. We are not "mean" because we mean to be, but because we don't understand you see our way of doing things as "mean". None of us would get any bucket fillers, and you seem to think that's okay...

I do hope I have misunderstood something, and gravely.

I apologize for anything I say that you might take as hurtful. I have Asperger's and I don't say things to hurt you, but because I don't know any other way of saying them. I don't even understand if I have said anything that might be taken as hurtful, as that has not been my intention at all, so I'm sincerely sorry, if I have.

Lory Robinson said...

Your bucket filling bulletin board is darling! We do bucket filling also. It's such a great thing for kids of all ages. I use little metal pails from oriental trading, of course I had to paint them black to go with my black and white polka dot theme!
-Lory
Fun for First

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I am hoping to implement Bucket Filling in my classroom when we come back from break! And your ideas are great and will be a great start! Thank you.

My class is stuck in such a negative cycle I really want to break this, and I hope this is the way to start a new cycle!

Lauren said...

Love your ideas about the bucket fillers. I had my bucket filler label professionally laminate and cannot get it to stick to the pail. Any suggestions??? Thank you!

Ketutar said...

So - apparently I didn't misunderstand anything. :-)

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