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									Have You Filled a Bucket Today?           By Carol McCloud            Illustrated by David Messing

Discuss with students the parts of the book: introduction, author, illustrator, etc.

Vocabulary words:
Invisible                      clue                            dipping
Purpose                        practice                        ignore
Empty                          caring                          bully
Lonely                         full                            bucket dipper
Ideas                          feeling                         bucket filler
Either                         invite                          neighborhood

Language Arts:
Discuss with students the variety of word elements.
Contractions: it’s doesn’t they’re you’ll that’s you’re I’m can’t
Compound words: someone yourself everyone something grandparents neighborhood
Adjectives: invisible lonely empty loving caring special mean

Make a list of words to use in place of “trash” words: good happy sad mad              nice

Use a circle map to generate ideas on what can be done to be a bucket filler/bucket dipper.

Cause and effect:
Use the multi flow map to create a cause and effect map.
                        Cause               Event                   Effect
                                File attachedBucket Filling Activities

   1.) Whole class instruction: Pocket Chart
   2.) Small group instruction (2-4 students at a time): Fill a Bucket Game
   3.) Take Home Sheet

                                                1.) Whole Class Instruction: Pocket Chart
                                                After reading the book to your class, display the given
                                                graphics. You can display the graphics on a pocket
                                                chart or you may choose to place magnets on the
                                                graphics to display on a magnetic white board.

                                                Tell the students that you will be talking about ways to
                                                fill a bucket. Read one of the sentences and ask a
                                                student to place the sentence under the picture that
                                                matches the statement. Discuss the picture. Repeat
                                                until all sentences are under the correct picture. Can
                                                your students find the picture showing a child who is
                                                bucket dipping? Remove that picture. Discuss other
                                                things we can do to fill buckets rather than dip into

                                                Some Ideas for more discussion:
                                                Something we could do for a friend.
                                                Some kind statements we could make to our friends.
                                                Discuss ways we can help at home and at school.
                                                Discuss ways we can help our siblings or pets.

2.) Small Group Instruction: Fill A Bucket Board Game:

                                          When: Use after you have read the book and after you have
                                          completed the whole class instruction with the pocket chart

                                           a.) To reinforce lessons learned through the book and pocket
                                           chart activity.
                                           b.) Remind players of ways to fill a bucket with visual
                                           c.) Practice reading numbers one through six.
d.) Practice counting to six and moving an object a given number of spaces.
                                               Game Play

Number of players: 2-4 players.
I suggest that you use this activity as part of a center rotation. 2-4 preschool students would work with
the teacher or classroom helper to complete the game. Each player should be given a bucket and a
marker to place on start.

                  The object of the game:
                  The object of the game is for each player to fill his or her bucket with four different
                  pictures that represent bucket filling.

                  Set Up:
                  Place the playing pieces on the board over the given picture under the words collect 1
                  of each to fill your bucket.

Place the number card shuffled and face down on the board.

Before Play:
Discuss each of the four pictures with your students and remind them that each picture shows someone
filling another person’s bucket. Remind them that when we fill other people’s buckets with kind words
and by doing nice things for them, we are also filling our own buckets. In this game, you will try to
collect the four bucket filling pictures to place on your bucket. When your bucket is full, you did it!

To Play:
Students take turns drawing a number card and moving the given number of spaces on the board. If they
land on a picture of bucket filling that they do not already have, they may take one and put it on a heart
on their bucket. If they land on a bucket dipper they must put one of their bucket pictures back on the
board. Help your students follow the cues on the board as they navigate through the game. Once they
have four different bucket filler pictures on their card, tell them that they are Great Bucket Fillers!!!!

                       3.) Take Home Sheet
                       The last activity is a reproducible activity sheet. You will need to make copies
                       for each student. On each child’s sheet, write the names of three students the
                       given child should write a bucket filling statement for. On the last bucket, write
                       the students name for the parent to write a statement about.

                       The sheet asks the students (with a parents help) to write a nice statement about
                       three of their classmates. The student dictates the sentence and the parent writes
                       the sentence on the correct bucket. There is also a space for the parent to write
                       something nice about their child. Lastly, they should cut out the buckets and send
                       them back into school.

Option: You could complete this activity at school rather than sending it home.

When the bucket statements are sent back to school, you will need to make an envelope for each child.
Stick the statements written about that child in their envelope. Add a statement that you have written
about each child to be included in the envelope. Send the envelope home for the parents to share with
their child. Now you have filled up the buckets of your students.
Social Studies:
Discuss with students the variety of community helpers.
Discuss with students family members, what is the role they each have in the family.

Discuss with students the different continents, and cultures.

Discuss with students how we can fill up our buckets. Tie in the character counts.

Bullying: How to Handle It

So now you know that bullying is a big problem that affects a lot of kids, but what do you do if someone
is bullying you? Our advice falls into two categories: preventing a run-in with the bully, and what to do
if you end up face-to-face with the bully.

Don't give the bully a chance. As much as you can, avoid the bully. You can't go into hiding or skip
class, of course. But if you can take a different route and avoid him or her, do so.

Stand tall and be brave. When you're scared of another person, you're probably not feeling your
bravest. But sometimes just acting brave is enough to stop a bully. How does a brave person look and
act? Stand tall and you'll send the message: "Don't mess with me." It's easier to feel brave when you feel
good about yourself. See the next tip!

Feel good about you. Nobody's perfect, but what can you do to look and feel your best? Maybe you'd
like to be more fit. If so, maybe you'll decide to get more exercise, watch less TV, and eat healthier
snacks. Or maybe you feel you look best when you shower in the morning before school. If so, you
could decide to get up a little earlier so you can be clean and refreshed for the school day.

Get a buddy (and be a buddy). Two is better than one if you're trying to avoid being bullied. Make a
plan to walk with a friend or two on the way to school or recess or lunch or wherever you think you
might meet the bully. Offer to do the same if a friend is having bully trouble. Get involved if you see
bullying going on in your school — tell an adult, stick up for the kid being bullied, and tell the bully to

If The Bully Says or Does Something to You

Ignore the bully. If you can, try your best to ignore the bully's threats. Pretend you don't hear them and
walk away quickly to a place of safety. Bullies want a big reaction to their teasing and meanness. Acting
as if you don't notice and don't care is like giving no reaction at all, and this just might stop a bully's

Stand up for yourself. Pretend to feel really brave and confident. Tell the bully "No! Stop it!" in a loud
voice. Then walk away, or run if you have to. Kids also can stand up for each other by telling a bully to
stop teasing or scaring someone else, and then walk away together. If a bully wants you to do something
that you don't want to do — say "no!" and walk away. If you do what a bully says to do, they will likely
keep bullying you. Bullies tend to bully kids who don't stick up for themselves.

Don't bully back. Don't hit, kick, or push back to deal with someone bullying you or your friends.
Fighting back just satisfies a bully and it's dangerous, too, because someone could get hurt. You're also
likely to get in trouble. It's best to stay with others, stay safe, and get help from an adult.

Don't show your feelings. Plan ahead. How can you stop yourself from getting angry or showing you're
upset? Try distracting yourself (counting backwards from 100, spelling the word 'turtle' backwards, etc.)
to keep your mind occupied until you are out of the situation and somewhere safe where you can show
your feelings.

Tell an adult. If you are being bullied, it's very important to tell an adult. Find someone you trust and go
and tell them what is happening to you. Teachers, principals, parents, and lunchroom helpers at school
can all help to stop bullying. Sometimes bullies stop as soon as a teacher finds out because they're afraid
that they will be punished by parents. This is not tattling on someone who has done something small —
bullying is wrong and it helps if everyone who gets bullied or sees someone being bullied speaks up.

Respect umbrella: using the shape of an umbrella tie in raindrops that have what it means to show
respect to others.


Focusing on Your Feelings

You can't tell your friends what's inside your backpack if you don't know what's in there yourself.
Feelings are the same way. Before you can share them with anyone, you have to figure out what feelings
you have.

Making a list of your feelings can help. You can do this in your head or by writing it out on a piece of
paper or even by drawing pictures. Is something bothering you? Does it make you sad or angry? Do you
feel this emotion only once in a while or do you feel it a lot of the time?

When you're trying to figure out your feelings, it might help to remember something that happened and
think about how it made you feel. Then you can say, "I feel sad when my friend doesn't play with me" or
"I feel angry when my brother always wins at baseball." This can help you figure out your own feelings.
It also gives the person you're talking with more information about what's bothering you.

Why Talk About Your Feelings?

The way a person feels inside is important. It can be really hard not to tell anyone that you're feeling sad,
worried, or upset. Then, it's just you and these bad feelings. If you keep feelings locked inside, it can
even make you feel sick!

But if you talk with someone who cares for you, like your mom or dad, you will almost always start to
feel better. Now you're not all alone with your problems or worries. It doesn't mean your problems and
worries disappear magically, but at least someone else knows what's bothering you and can help you
find solutions.

Your mom and dad want to know if you have problems because they love you and they want to know
what's happening in your life. But what if a kid doesn't want to talk with mom or dad? Then find another
trusted adult, like a relative or a counselor at school. Maybe this person can help you talk with your
mom and dad about your problem or concern.

How to Talk About Your Feelings

Once you know who you can talk with, you'll want to pick a time and place to talk. Does it need to be
private, or can you talk with your brother and sister in the room? If you think you'll have trouble saying
what's on your mind, write it down on a piece of paper. If the person doesn't understand what you mean
right away, try explaining it a different way or give an example of what's concerning you. Is there
something you think could be done to make things better? If so, say it.

Some kids - just like some adults - are more private than others. That means some people will feel more
shy about sharing their feelings. A kid doesn't have to share every feeling he or she has, but it is
important to share feelings when a kid needs help. You don't have to solve every problem on your own.
Sometimes you need help. And if you do, talking about your feelings can be the first step toward getting

Chart/graph how many compliments are received by the class.
Estimate how many compliments will be received by day, week, month.
Compare: more/less         empty/full     greater than/less than
Discuss the time of day using the pictures in the book.
Discuss with students the patterns that are seen in the book. Color shapes

Discuss with students the weather, temperature, seasons. Compare each on the various continents.
On a sunny day, place a small mirror in a glass bowl of water so that the mirror rests against the side of
the bowl. Set the bowl in direct sunlight.
You can find a prism at many science stores or teachers store. Show your child the prism, and how to
see all the colors of a rainbow in the prism.

Provide three identical jars with pre-counted Skittles of 20, 50, and 80.
Label these jars 20, 50 and 80. Place 65 (Shh!!! Keep this a secret) Skittles in a fourth identical jar.
Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess how many is in the fourth jar.
Record the children's approximations. |Discuss with the class how they came up with their numbers.
For instance, Johny may say: "I guessed 60 because this jar had more than the jar of 50 and less than the
jar of 80."
Count the Skittles. The students love this and you will be happy to hear them think aloud about math
problem solving!!!!

                                              Oh, Rainbow

                               (to the tune of "Oh, Christmas Tree")

                                     Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
                                    How lovely are your colours.
                                     Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
                                    How lovely are your colours.
                                    Purple, red and orange, too,
                                   Yellow, green and blue so true.
                                     Oh, rainbow, oh, rainbow,
                                    How lovely are your colours
Students color and cut out the Bucket along with shapes. Inside the shapes students can either write
positive things about themselves or about each other and then distribute them among themselves.
Finally, glue the shapes around the bucket. Additional items can be added to the Bucket to decorate it.
(i.e. different color construction paper, pipe cleaners..)

                            This bucket belongs to

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