Build character and positive relationships with these SEL bucket filler lessons. Kids LOVE bucket filling. It's a fun way to encourage kindness and respect to improve wellbeing and behavior to reduce bullying.
Students learn that filling buckets isn't just about making others feel good. Being kind and friendly fills their emotional bucket as well to create positive feelings for the giver, receiver, and even onlookers.
Bucket filling shows students how kind and unkind words and actions have an impact on people in positive and negative ways. It's an easy and effective social-emotional learning activity to enhance emotional intelligence and social skills.
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Use the bucket filling posters, compliments notes, and other printable resources to create a bucket filler bulletin board. Students will write about and post acts of kindness they have received or witnessed. You can also add the bucket clipart and brainstorm kindness ideas to write on the printable water drops that you can arrange above the bucket to look as if they're falling in.
There are also homework activities where students teach their families about bucket filling. Each family member can brag on bucket fillers in their home who do acts of kindness by putting drops inside a family bucket that students make and take home. Students can also write notes of appreciation for family members.
Bucket filling opens up discussions about friendship, kindness, caring, and respect. These positive conversations and resources provide opportunities to address:
- Social skills
- Positive character traits
- Emotional regulation
- Classroom management
- Friendship, bullying, and anti-social behavior
- Sharing feelings and emotions
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The metaphor of a bucket and dipper explains how every interaction and everything we say or do in a day either fills or empties our and others' emotional buckets. Happy people and positive interactions make us feel good which fills our bucket while grumpy people and negative interactions dip from our bucket making us feel bad.
Bucket fillers are people who are happy, say please, and thank you, compliment others, help out without being asked, try hard in class, are respectful, include people and participate in acts of kindness. They are nice to be around because they make people feel good and that results in a full bucket for everyone involved.
People with full buckets are happier and feel more confident, positive, and secure. They are usually calmer, more patient, helpful, and friendly, and when their bucket is overflowing their happiness can spill out to infect everyone around them.
This resource works best with either Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud or How Full is Your Bucket for Kids by Tom Rath.
- Explanation and instructions for introducing bucket filling
- Facts about kindness and why to teach it
- 9 lessons for beginning students through to grade 3
- 2 color posters
- 2 printer-friendly posters
- 5 printable resources to use with lessons
- 5 coloring pages
- 2 BONUS inspirational quotes posters for teachers in 2 different styles
* You will need Acrobat 7.0 or later - please contact me if you have an earlier version.
This resource is also available in A4 Format for Australian and UK schools.
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