Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sight Word Winners AND Throwback Thursday with Bucket Filling!!

Happy Thursday, Friends! Kerri here...

Wow!! Thank you all for entering our Sight Word Extravaganza and leaving such sweet comments! We have 2 winners, and both of you will receive both Lindsay and Kerri's new sight word packs!



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Val and Marybeth, we will be emailing you with our packs!! YAY!!

We are linking up with Cara Carroll from The First Grade Parade for her Throwback Thursday linky party!

Our Throwback Thursday post is from September 8, 2011, and is my favoritest thing OF.ALL.TIME. to teach during the first couple weeks of school! I'm sure you've all heard of Bucket Fillers, right??

Well, check out this old school post all about Bucket Filling...

Hi Peeps!!  Kerri here...
Well, we are three days in, and DANG...I am tired! And, OF COURSE, it gets hot as blazes here in Cali on the first day of school. Fantastic...24 tired, sweaty, "used to the Kinder schedule" Firsties, who are beet-faced and exhausted by noon! Anyone feel my pain??  
Having said that, they did a WONDERFUL job these first 3 days and I am already in love! I think they are going to shape up into an awesome bunch of kiddos--yay me!

I read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? with my kiddos yesterday, and WOW! What an inspiring and powerful book. This is the first year I have read it to my students, and they all really took the message to heart. We made a fun chart with all of the ideas that they brainstormed about how they could fill someone's bucket. They especially liked the shooting rainbow rays! 

We also wrote about how we could be bucket fillers and drew a picture to go along with it. Click on the photo below to download the file:

Bucket Fillers Writing Paper

Today, we made our very own buckets as an art project. It was very simple, all of my students were able to make theirs successfully, and they had SOOO much fun!! Check them out...

I also bought a clear plastic jar and put heart stickers all over it. I told my kidlets that this was our class "Bucket". Every time I catch someone filling another person's bucket, or when the class as a whole fills up my bucket, I will put some warm and fuzzies (pom-poms) in  the bucket. When the bucket is filled up, we will do something fun together as a class. They were STOKED!!

So, that's it for today! I would love to know how all of you teach this book to your class. Do you have any fun activities that you do?? It would fill my bucket if you would leave me a comment about it!! :)

XOXO Kerri B


Whimsy Workshop Teaching said...

Oh yes - bucket filling is the mainstay of our classroom all year long. Even when they're working on telling their feelings during conflict resolution they'll say "I FEEL like you emptied my BUCKET just now when you TOOK my crayons!!"
Thanks for sharing!
Whimsy Workshop

bevesol said...

yes-- Bucket filling has become a large part of our school culture, we have only used it for this past school year can't wait to get back and continue for a second year.

Marlene said...

I love the bucket filling book. I like how you do the whole class bucket filling instead of individual ones which is easier to keep up with. I am going to do that this year!

I Heart Teaching Elementary

Stenslv said...

Thanks so much for the two great packs! I am so excited! I am loving your blog (I am new to your site) and look forward to your posts and ideas. I hate to admit it, but we don't go back until September 4th, so I am enjoying watching what you are doing with your class in these first weeks back!

Thanks again -- I am so excited to win!

Val S.

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