Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bucket Filler Frenzy

Last year a Kindergarten teacher,  at our school wrote a grant and provided all the teachers copies of "The Bucket Filler" book.  It was mid-year and all I did was read the book and stick it on a shelf.  This year I decided to use some of the ideas that Tina Adamson, shared to kick off the year on a positive note with my new fourth grade class. 
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
I read the book and had the children brainstorm ways they could be bucket fillers.  I set up a bucket filler station with library pockets where they can put notes when they see someone filling a bucket or had someone fill their bucket.  I told the children once everyone's buckets were full (at least one slip) that they would be passed out and shared.  Not sure how this will go. 

Here are the forms that I use. I created the web and I got the second sheet from The third sheet was from Pinterest.

I ordered books to continue reading each week.

The Recess QueenEnemy Pie (Reading Rainbow book)
If Everybody Did
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids


  1. We started the year strong on bucket fillers. i took it down in December and the kids never said anything. Need a better plan for next year. Hope you are doing better with it!

  2. Hi Tammy, Everyone in our school participates in Bucket Fillers. (MIne are still up) The children were more engaged in the beginning of the year and it has died off, but I think come spring we may need to revisit the philosophy behind it. A few ways to keep it going is to change the Bucket Filler slips. I found a special one for Thanksgiving, "I am thankful for", New Year's and Valentines. Another thing that I do is that we share fillers once everyone has received something in their bucket. We read our slips as a sharing activity during morning meeting.