Reflection: Student Ownership How to be a "bucket filler" - Section 3: Closure


My students really surprised me this year! I had several students in each class who did not want to write ways to be bucket dippers, but instead use all their strips to write ways to be bucket fillers. I loved this! Of course I allowed them to do this and so they simply glued an empty “dipper” bucket to their mat.


I was also surprised by how a few chose to represent their dippers. On their mat, they had colored their filler buckets in all sorts of colors from the rainbow, but had colored their dipper bucket in black or gray. When I asked them about it, they explained how dippers made others sad so they wanted to color it in a dark color. I had never thought of doing this before and really appreciated their thinking!


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How to be a "bucket filler"

Unit 4: Getting to Know You with Literature
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT determine ways to fill each other's buckets by using kind words and actions.

Big Idea: After reading the story, "Have you Filled a Bucket Today," students will brainstorm ways in which their words or actions can fill each other's buckets in a positive way. They create a display that serves to remind students of these positive behaviors.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Reading, Beginning of the Year, Getting to Know You, Have you Filled a Bucket Today?
  40 minutes
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