Do you read Kevin Henkes’ story “Chrysanthemum”? It’s one of my favorite back to school books and perfect as an introduction to “bucket filling” and using kind words.
My school is a “bucket filler” school, so I thought it would be beneficial to tie Chrysanthemum into this interesting concept.
After reading the story, children can transition to making a list of “bucket dipping” moments in the story, as well as “bucket filling” times on the 2 worksheets.
I’ve also included color copies so you can do this as a whole group activity as well.
The packet also includes several posters: “We are a bucket-filling classroom”, “Easily Fill A Bucket By . . .” plus a “Please Don’t Be A Dipper”.
The “Chrysanthemum’s ABCs of Bucket Filling” worksheets help build vocabulary while practicing letter sounds.
These can be done individually, or use the colorful ones with a whole group.
I’ve included answer keys with lots of alliterative options: “Aa: aid, applaud, ask, award, advise, affirm, acknowledge…”
Finally, students can use the little Chrysanthemum bucket cards to encourage each other.
There’s a set in color so that you can leave your students a compliment or note as well.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy practicing kindness with Chrysanthemum.