Monday, September 1, 2014

My Theme for the Year- finally done- I Am a bucket Filler

When I saw the clipart from DJ Inkers of character words, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my theme this year. I spent a good portion of the summer working on it and after researching how to make it all work together, I came upon the Bucket filler idea. It was perfect and I am having so much fun seeing the kids do their best to be a bucket filler.

Citizen of the Day bulletin board

I made two bulletin boards. One is my Citizen of the Day Board. I have a person of the day every year around my theme. This year, my citizen of the day will be wearing his or her choice of 6 colors of peace sign glasses. The student will sit my well worn VIP chair, get first turns on games, lead vocal play first, and help with anything else that needs to be helped. Other privileges are to get a piece of laffy taffy, to get unlimited drinks during class, and to get to go to the bathroom one time without asking. (students normally are not allowed to go to the bathroom during class). I made 50 words with 50 definitions and used them in 50 sentences to put on my citizen of the day bulletin board.

Citizen of the day bulletin board

Bucket Filler Lingo on Citizen of the Day bulletin board
Word will be changed every week

The kids love being the Citizen of the Day

Every student has a citizen of the day card with their name and they draw a picture of something to 
do with  being a good citizen.
I check a box when a student gets a turn to keep track.

Citizen of the Day card

I Am a Bucket Filler Bulletin Board

Outside of my room, I have a bulletin board that says I am a bucket filler. It could also say "I am a good citizen". I had a hard time deciding which I wanted it to say, so I put included both in the pack. I have the word of the week there with a header so students can see the word as they go by, as well as many character words, plus the buckets with character words pictured on them. 

I Am a Bucket Filler Bulletin Board

Word of the week from the "I am a Bucket Filler" bulletin board

These are on my inside and outside bulletin board in different colors

"Caught you" cards and filling our buckets

I have "caught you" cards for 15 different character traits I want to see, plus a boy and girl beautiful singing card. I have every student and multiple classes a day, so within a half hour class, I will give out a few each day. When a student does something awesome, I will tell the class that I caught someone being kind (for example). The student will come get a "caught you being kind" card from me and will get a pom pom and put it into the class bucket. If you have one class all day, you could have one class bucket or even have a bucket for every student.  The bucket also affects the behavior chart, (see the next section).
One of 15 regular and two singing caught you cards

Our class buckets

Our bucket filling behavior reward chart

As I said in the last section, I give out a few (4-6) cards in a half hour class. I just make a colored dot on a student's name to keep track and at the end of the half hour, I put a sticker on or mark the behavior reward chart (see below). In a number of half hour periods, when the chart fills up, I let the kids have a special game as a reward. If you have one class all day, you could have each student have a bucket and give individual rewards or have a class bucket and give class rewards. Do whatever works for you.

I also have a card that you could use if you have time, especially in a one class all day situation where you or the other students can write nice things they see a student doing and put it into their pocket on the citizen of the day board. I have so little time in my half hour classes and so many kids coming in and out that this won't work for me, but I think it would work nicely in a regular classroom.

Behavior reward chart. When it is filled, I give a class reward,
such as a special game in music

The teacher or a student will fill out this card when they see another student doing something awesome.

Get this comprehensive bucket Filler theme pack HERE.


  1. Thank you Linda. I have just purchased your Bucket Filling theme pack and LOVE it!!!!!
    I am in Australia and what I have noticed now I have downloaded and opened the documents is that there are some headers and other things I won't be able to use because of the American spelling. I always try to role model what I teach and need to make sure what I put up is in line with the spelling I am teaching. All the docs are in PDF form which works really well, except where I can't go in and change the spelling. Is there any way you could help with this dilemma?

    1. Jen, I just saw your comment in the ratings and wrote back telling you I would be happy to change things if I can. One challenge is that the actual words were done by a clip artist so they can not be changed. I could possibly talk to the artist, but if she made them as individual pieces of art, it won't work. I could change the definition spellings and the use in a sentence to match. Please e-mail me at with a list of the words that don't work.