Extensions and Adaptations
The lesson lends itself to different abilities because all children can fill buckets regardless age level or ability.
This lesson is based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud (Ferne Press, 2006). The book’s message is that we fill each other’s invisible buckets when we show respect and kindness and when we are unkind to others we dip in their bucket and it empties our own. Our happiness increases when we treat others well. Students identify and discuss examples of “bucket filling” and “bucket dipping” from their own lives. Classroom teachers receive a decorated bucket and students are invited identify someone who did a kind act and place it in the bucket. The teacher may elect to share some of the notes during morning meetings or at the end of the day. This can be an ongoing practice.