Free Lessons, Printables, Links, and Ideas to match this Awesome book & Some other Lovely Book for Character Education!!!
Have you filled a bucket
Bucket Fillers is a program based
off the educational programs of Merrill Lundgren, the
Below are a few lesson ideas and
printables to match the book. I developed these back in
2009 for my Son's Kindergarten Teacher.
Before you start make sure you have these resources:
A must read book on my list is Have
You Filled a Bucket Today.
Updated - September 2012
Whole Class Instruction: Pocket Chart
These three activities are designed to be used after reading, Have You Filled A Bucket Today? They are on a Pre-K to First Grade Level.
After reading the book to your class, display the given graphics. You can display the graphics on a pocket chart or you may choose to place magnets on the graphics to display on a magnetic white board.
Tell the students that you will be talking about ways to fill a bucket. Read one of the sentences and ask a student to place the sentence under the picture that matches the statement. Discuss the picture. Repeat until all sentences are under the correct picture. Can your students find the picture showing a child who is bucket dipping? Remove that picture. Discuss other things we can do to fill buckets rather than dipping into buckets.
Some Ideas for more discussion:
-What is something you could do for a friend that would fill their bucket?
-Think of situations that your students may run into; such as, a friend has done a nice job coloring. Ask your students what they might say to their friend?
-Discuss ways we can help at home and at school.
-Discuss ways we can help our siblings or pets.
Printables to Make This
Small Group Instruction: Fill A Bucket Board Game:
When: Use after you have read the book and after you have completed the whole class instruction with the pocket chart activity.
a.) To reinforce lessons learned through the book and pocket chart activity.
b.) Remind players of ways to fill a bucket with visual representations.
c.) Practice reading numbers one through six.
d.) Practice counting to six and moving an object a given number of spaces.
Number of players: 2-4 players.
I suggest that you use this activity as part of a center rotation. 2-4 preschool students would work with the teacher or classroom helper to complete the game. Each player should be given a bucket and a marker to place on start.
The object of the game:
The object of the game is for each player to fill his or her bucket with four different pictures that represent bucket filling.
-Place the bucket filling pieces (picture cards) on the board over the given picture under the words collect 1 of each to fill your bucket.
-Place the number card shuffled and face down on the board.
-Gather one object per player to use as a playing piece. (counting bears, unfix cubes, small dolls)
Students take turns drawing a number card and moving the given number of spaces on the board. If they land on a picture of bucket filling that they do not already have, they may take one (from the pile on the board under the words, collect 1 of each) and put it on a heart on their bucket. If they land on a bucket dipper they must put one of their bucket pictures back on the board. Help your students follow the cues on the board as they navigate through the game. Once they have four different bucket filler pictures on their card, tell them that they are Great Bucket Fillers!!!!
Printables to Make this Game:
3.) Take Home Sheet
The last activity is a reproducible activity sheet. You will need to make copies for each student. On each childs sheet, write the names of three students the given child should write a bucket filling statement for. On the last bucket, write the students name for the parent to write a statement about.
The sheet asks the students (with a parents help) to write a nice statement about three of their classmates. The student dictates the sentence and the parent writes the sentence on the correct bucket. There is also a space for the parent to write something nice about their child. Lastly, they should cut out the buckets and send them back into school.
Option: You could complete this activity at school rather than sending it home.
When the bucket statements are sent back to school, you will need to make an envelope for each child. Stick the statements written about that child in their envelope. Add a statement that you have written about each child to be included in the envelope. Send the envelope home for the parents to share with their child. Now you have filled up the buckets of your students. Great job!
Printable Take Home Sheet - Click here to Download!
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|Found this Lovely Song at http://www.fisdk12.net/wb/character/songfillabucket.html
Books To Use After Reading Have you Filled a Bucket
Other Teachers Sharing Bucket Filling Ideas!!!
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My Fun Teacher Shares Ideas and Printables!
Mrs. Jones Shares Her
First Grade Classroom System as well as some Printables
to Match!! Below is a picture from her classroom! You
will find more on her site! Check it out!
Teacher Wants Shares Their Bucket Filling Ideas
and some Free Printables to Match!!!
Websites of Interest:
http://www.bucketfillers101.com/ - Bucket Fillers Website which includes classroom resources.
http://charactercounts.org/lesson-plans/index.html - Character Education Free Lesson Plan Bank. You may search by age level.
http://childparenting.about.com/od/emotionaldevelopment/a/charactered.htm - Ways to Build Character in Children
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