Anchors Away Monday: A Bucket Filling Classroom

Do you have a favorite beginning-of-the-year activity to start your school year? Or a favorite read-aloud book that sets the tone for the new year? I certainly do. In fact, this lesson includes a tried-and-true activity and a favorite read-aloud! I like to start the school year by discussing with my students how I want our classroom to be a bucket-filling classroom. (An affiliate link follows.)

I assume you've all heard of "bucket-filling" and "bucket-dipping", and are aware of this popular book by Carol McCloud. It teaches kids to imagine that everyone carries an invisible emotional bucket, and it's our actions that determine how full or empty another person's bucket is. Kind actions and positive behavior results in bucket-filling, while hurtful actions and negative behavior results in bucket-dipping.
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? is a perfect read aloud for the beginning of the school year!  This blog post contains a FREE followup anchor chart activity idea to maximize the power of this book. This anchor chart can be displayed throughout the school year!


After reading the book with my students, I unveil my anchor chart. When we begin our discussion, I only have the title, the drawing, and the three empty columns drawn on the anchor chart. I have my students brainstorm descriptive phrases that we can put on our anchor chart that will remind us throughout the year what a bucket-filling classroom looks like, sounds like, and feels like. 
A Bucket Filling Classroom by Crafting Connections! If you didn't start out your year (all grade levels) discussing Bucket Filling, go back... it's not too late! For great anchor chart activity to go with the book: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Teach your students compassion and empathy.

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1 comment:

  1. I love that book! Great anchor chart!!! Enjoy your day off. :)
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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