I’m LOVING this book: How Full is Your Bucket? Kids REALLY seem to connect with the content and the meaning behind the story. The real test, as we know, will be to see if they can apply it when they’re interacting with their peers, teachers, and families… TBD! 😉
I have been using this book when working individually with kiddo’s, although you could totally use this for a small groups or for an entire class when teaching a lesson. We’ve had requests from teachers to work with numerous girls on friendship skills. How Full is Your Bucket has been a great way to connect with these girls and cover friendship skills such as facial expressions, tone of voice, eye contact, expression of feelings, inclusion, etc. It typically has been taking me one session just to read the book and talk about it briefly with the student. I usually take turns reading the book with the student (dependent upon age), and conversation evolves as we make our way through. Some of the topics/questions we talk about throughout the story include:
-Who was a bucket dipper? Why?
-How do the character’s feel when their bucket is dipped into? When their bucket is empty?
-Has your bucket ever been dipped into? Emptied? When? How did you feel?
-Who was a bucket filler? Why?
-How can we fill others buckets? How can we fill our own buckets?
-How do we feel when our buckets are full? How did the character’s in the story feel what their buckets were full?
-What can we do at school to be bucker fillers? In the classroom? At recess? At home?
When we meet again for a second time, we review what we learned about being bucket dippers and bucket fillers by writing different examples out on a dry erase board or sheet of paper. After, we each create some piece of small artwork, letter, etc. for another person in hopes to fill their bucket! When I meet with the student for the third time, we once again review bucket dipping and filling, and talk about how it felt to fill someone else’s bucket. Here are some other GREAT options of ways to incorporate “bucket filling” when working individually with kiddos, in small groups or in a classroom!
Bucket Filling Poem: http://www.pinterest.com/jendemfit/school-bucket-filler-activities/
Bucket Filler Worksheet http://www.hopkinshoppinhappenings.com/2012/10/bucket-filling-freebie.html
Lessons/Ideas from Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2010/04/are-your-students-bucket-fillers
How Full is Your Bucket? On You-Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=A5R6-2m_qHk
There are tons of other activities and lessons out there -pinterest has lots of great ideas from other educators and parents.
Have fun spreading the bucket filling cheer! 🙂