Don’t Be a Bucket Dipper!

  Tomorrow is the first day of school! I am SO excited to *officially* meet my little first grade friends. Some of them came in on Friday for our school’s “Sneak a Peek.” Wow, they are DARLING! One sweet little girl told me, “When I saw I had you as my teacher, I kept saying ‘My wish came true, my wish came true.’” MELTS.MY.HEART! This year, we are doing a school-wide character education program based around this sweet book:

It’s a wonderful book that encourages children to be positive, kind, and loving to themselves and others. It is a GREAT book for any age group! You can read the book online here:

I’ve seen many different ways people incorporate this book into their classrooms. There are some seriously adorable ideas on Pinterest.


Here’s how my first grade team and I plan on using this book in our classrooms: Each class has a bucket. Every time a student does something kind for someone else, we will add a pom pom to the bucket. When our class bucket is full, we will have a class celebration (board games, dance party, etc.). I know my kids will eat this right up! I’ve created a few bucket filling activities to complete after reading the book. You can grab them below for free! Slide1 Slide2

Also, here’s a fun song that helps reinforce the message from the book. Enjoy!

  Thanks for always filling my bucket, Sweet Friends! Have you filled someone’s bucket today?

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  • Brandi August 27, 2012, 4:01 am

    Thanks for sharing the freebies. I'm working on my bucket filling wall tomorrow!

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  • Suzy Q August 27, 2012, 10:28 am

    Thanks for sharing…just bought the book this summer and am eager to implement it in my class!

  • Lita Lita August 27, 2012, 1:04 pm

    What a great book!
    Can I have that sweet girl in my class? 🙂

  • Karen August 27, 2012, 9:56 pm

    Thanks for the great activity. Reading this book is on my list of things to do tomorrow with my class. Your activity is way cuter than the one I had orginally planned to use! Can't wait to use it! Stop by and visit my blog sometime!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  • Cyndi Lacy August 28, 2012, 12:10 am

    Thanks for sharing! I pinned it for future use!

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  • Teaching Fabulous Firsties! August 28, 2012, 2:11 am

    Thanks for the Bucket Filler pages! I love Bucket Filling! 🙂
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  • Anonymous August 30, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I used the book in Kindergarten. I took in a bucket and some sand and a dipper to use as another visual. The kids loved it and talked about the concept all day long and still refer to it. I love the print outs so I can give those little notes to the kids when I spy them filling buckets and want to let them know I appreciate them for it. Thanks for this!

  • :) November 2, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Your pages are SO cute! I am a school counselor and so happy I found them! They look super professional and snazzy. You are awesome!

    Hey, quick question- do you know which font you used for the writing "Bucket dippers are people who…" and those other parts of your page? It is adorable! I would love to know the name of it if you don't mind telling me!

  • Heather November 6, 2012, 7:53 pm

    I would LOVE to know the font as well!