Bucket Filler | Social Emotional | Kindness | Relationship Skills | SEL Lessons

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The puppet video was so well put together! My students really enjoyed it and were engaged throughout the entire thing. Thank you!
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  1. This social skills and social emotional learning full curriculum "The Best Of Me" for Level 2 (Similar to 2nd Grade) covers the areas of  self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making and social. This curriculum is also appropriate for grade
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This social emotional learning PUPPET video lesson on being a bucket filler teaches students how to be a bucket filler. Saying and doing kind things for others makes other people feel good and it makes you feel good about yourself as well. It also helps students to maintain relationships with friends and show empathy for others. *Note- You will need the internet ONLY to view the puppet video

What is this?

Let’s teach students how to be bucket fillers!  This is simply done through an engaging puppet video lesson, social story game,  related discussion questions, a transition to close the lesson, printable coloring award, an extended learning “idea” for that week and "The Best Of Me Awards!"

Should I look at the preview above?

YES! YES! YES! See preview for a better look at this product (you might not even have to read the rest after you see the preview but I would love it if you did). Everything included is mentioned in the preview above.


What is the puppet video and how do I view it?

In this video lesson, Tommy and his dog Pringles, play a game to teach students how to be a bucket filler! In the product there will be a link to click on to view the 7.5 minute puppet video.  This is done through VIMEO (ad free and you don't need an account to view) and will require the internet. If you want to preview the video ahead of time you can do so on Boom Learning (you do not need an account to preview the video). After you touch the "preview" button below and are brought to the Boom Learning Site, click on the blue button that says view full size preview and proceed to page 2 to view the videoPREVIEW

What Is a social story game?

The social story game contains first the puppet video and then an 15-page social story where students are given scenarios about being a bucket filler. They need to decide if they show a thumbs up card (or use their own thumb) or a thumbs down card for yes/no responses

What are the discussion questions?

Questions to foster discussions about the lesson

What is the transition?

A simple question students will answer to help them transition nicely to the next activity. This also should be used as DATA to see if students understood the lesson.

What is the printable activity?

A coloring sheet/award with Tommy’s picture on it!

What is an extended learning idea?

A simple “idea” on how to build on this lesson. This is done through modeling, teacher acknowledgement and praise

How should I teach this?

  1. Watch the puppet video and then read the social story game on a DIGITAL DEVICE used as PDF or you can print it out. Students will use their thumb cards to show you their response for each page. Personally, I sometimes will stop to go more in depth on the pages I feel need to be discussed more and to expand on the story.
  2. Have students answer the discussion questions that go along with the lesson 
  3. Complete the transition. 
  4. Embed the extended learning ”idea” casually throughout the week/year to build on this lesson
  5. Print & Color the Award with Tommy's picture on it
  6. Hand out "The Best Of Me" awards throughout the week/year when you see students giving "The Best Of Me"

Let’s answer some more additional questions:

Is it easy to use?

This activity is simple, effective and easy to follow! I am a huge fan of simple because I think it does the trick most of the time while keeping the engagement, focus and attention! 

Who can learn from this?

This lesson is grouped into Level 2 (as a part of "The Best Of Me" 2nd Grade Curriculum), but can be used with all primary grade levels.

Do I teach this in a group setting?

You can teach this in a large group, small group or to individual students 

How much prep do I need to do?

There is one OPTIONAL prep item (thumb cards-see preview).  If you buy the entire ”The Best Of Me” curriculum linked below this is the ONLY prep item used in the entire curriculum besides the printables! YAY!!

What research supports this?

This is research based and aligned with CASEL’s 5 Areas of Core Competence in Social Emotional Learning.

Is there a  digital version?

Version of this game on Boom Learning- Click me!

What type of learners is it used for?


  • In-Person through internet video and PDF (used on digital devices or print)
  • Distant learning through internet video and PDF
  • Homeschool(while replacing the teacher role with the “homeschool teacher” role)

Does it come in black and white?

This lesson comes in color. It is important for students to see diversity in the scenarios and color allows this. I recommend viewing it as a PDF or printing in color.  The printable coloring sheet award does come in black & white. 

FULL CURRICULUM CLICK HERE: Level 2 (Can correspond with 2nd Grade, but can be used for all primary grades)


•5 lessons on self-awareness

•5 lessons on social awareness

•5 lessons on self-management

•5 lessons on relationship skills

•5 lessons on responsible decision-making

Other Levels of ”The Best Of Me” Social Emotional Curriculum you might like:

Level Pre-K- Click here!

Level K - Click here!

Level 1 - Click here!

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