I am the principal at a preK-6th school. Each teacher reads the book to their class at the beginning of the year and then throughout the year when they need a reminder. I also have the book on PowerPoint and read it at our Back-to-School Assemblies. When students are caught filling someone's bucket, the adult who witnesses the act gives them a bucket filler card. They bring the card to the office to put in the school bucket. They receive at bucketfiller sticker. Twice a week, I draw out three names and those students get to come to my office to choose a book to take home. It has been a hug success for our site. I work in a high poverty area and the kids absolutely love getting to choose a book to keep forever. I bought my entire staff buckets from Target for a dollar and then some of the teachers choose to buy buckets for their students. Some made paper buckets. I ordered the bucket filler cards (business cards that have a picture of a bucket that says, "I got caught filling someone's bucket today.")off of Vista Print. The rest of my bucketfiller stuff is on my work laptop. I will look for it and try to attach it later.
I did this last year. I found small, metal, colorful buckets in the Target dollar spot. I used "pompoms" which can be bought at craft stores or Walmart as drops. If you check out my Vista print link, one of the posters I made is a bucket filling reminder.
Hi, I have done this for the past two years. I, also, bought the metal buckets for $1 at Target. My students decorated them with stickers. The students fill in a bucket slip complimenting a peer once a week. They drop their slips in the buckets and then I choose a time later in the day for them to check their buckets. The students love this activity. It is like getting valentines once a week. When I first begin I make sure that all students receive a bucket slip. We discuss why someone earns a slip. After a couple of weeks I know longer put slips in buckets where there are not any slips. If you goggle this you will find lots of ideas and even books to read to your students about buckets and not dipping from someone's bucket. Have fun!
I see that you are a principal. I don't know if you have read the "adult" How Full is Your Bucket? book... but I highly recommend it. It would be great to use with your staff, since you are doing it with your students. It is an easy wonderful read. What is great is that if you go on the following website.... you can email and print out drops to put in the bucket. It is a little more "adult" friendly and would be a great way to start faculty meetings. Just thought I would share. I shared it with my principal a couple of years ago and we set up a bucket and drops in the teacher's lounge and some teachers would also email them. It was a very positive experience. This year we are going school wide with the philosophy. Our principal wants to try to tie it to performance... I am going to a meeting next week with the committee... it is called "High Performance Learning".
I got my "buckets" in the wedding section at Dollar Tree. They are actually small, white favor boxes. My classroom theme was 50's, so each child had a guitar, root bear float or record die cut to put on the front of their bucket, along with their name. Cute and inexpensive.
I LOVE this and have done it for the past two years! I bought buckets from Target in the dollar spot (blue and green). I re use them every year and just have my kids decorate a piece of paper that looks like a bucket. I tape these on and they use them all year. At the end of the year, I take them off and send them home, then I'm ready for the next set of kids.
If you don't want to spend any money, make paper (card stock) buckets that the kids color. Just staple them to a bulletin board so they make a little pocket. The kids stick their cards in behind the bucket. I think this year I'm going to find some envelopes to put behind them so they last longer.
I am doing a 1950s theme too and got records at the Goodwill store what else did you do in your classroom. I have tables so have painted the caddies red-guitars, yellow drive in/cheeseburger, blue-1950 chevy and green/records.Any other suggestions would be helpful, I have searched Target and they don't have the buckets, any other ideas.