Showing posts with label incentives. Show all posts
Showing posts with label incentives. Show all posts

Have You Filled A Bucket?

I started bucket filling in my class last year and my kids loved it!  It was such a success that I decided to keep at it this year and it goes PERFECTLY with the schoolwide kindness initiative that’s being put into effect this year…Rachel’s Challenge.  The first thing we do is read the book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.

fill a bucket  If you haven’t read this book, it’s a story that encourages positive behavior and it illustrates how rewarding it is to show kindness, appreciation, and love toward others.  The story talks about how we each carry around an invisible bucket and when we use kind words and actions, we become bucket fillers {filling other people’s buckets}.  But when we say and do things that aren’t kind and compassionate, we’re bucket dippers…emptying all the good feelings out of everyone else’s buckets.  The book is well written in terms that kids can really relate to and they really got into this idea of bucket filling & dipping!


I introduced my class to our bucket filler board and had each of them decorate a bucket cut-out that would become their very own bucket that others can fill.  I decorated a bucket, too!  I found the downloadable templates on Mrs. Walker’s Website {scroll down to the bottom}.




I also printed out her “Filling a Bucket” forms, cut them out, and put them in a bucket next to the Bucket Filling Board.  The kids can fill a bucket ANY time they want to!!  We talked about filling everyone’s bucket, not just our friend’s.  Every Friday, we check our buckets to find the kind words others have left for us.  Here are a few of my kids…


You are a nice friend to me.” 


And here’s one for me!  I find it HIGHLY amusing that this  sweet little love called me “Cara” instead of “Mrs. Carroll”.  I know I’ve told them my first name a million times, it’s just funny to see that one of them actually uses it in her writing!  HA!



One of my moms caught up with me after her little girl brought home her first round of bucket fillers.  She had tears in her eyes and said that her daughter was so excited that so many friends “filled her bucket”.  She said, “Wow, Mom.  My friends really do care about me.”  Gush.  I had tears, too!  I love these bucket fillers and think it’s great that the kids have something tangible to keep and encourage them to fill other’s buckets, too!

Behavior Management

Since I have a “Sassy Hollywood Glam” theme in my classroom this year, I knew I wanted my behavior management to reflect the theme.  Of course, I was stumped when it came to ideas, so I hopped online and found lots of different ideas.  This is my variation on what I found.




{Our Students Can Act Responsibly}

The kids start out on the Red Carpet every morning.  When their behavior becomes disruptive and/or unkind, they have to move their clips to the appropriate clapboard.  Each clip is numbered and every student has a number.  They keep their clips inside their book baskets in their cubbies. 


Move your clip to…

Take 1! ~ Verbal Warning, Remember to make better choices!

Take 2! ~ Owe Mrs. Carroll 2 tickets, 5 minutes out of recess

Take 3! ~ Owe Mrs. Carroll 3 tickets, 10 minutes out of recess, Sign Communication Report

CUT!  ~ Owe Mrs. Carroll 5 tickets, 15 minutes out of recess, NO Fun Friday, Visit with the principal, Call home to parents

If a student has to move their clip to Take 1!, they can move back to the Red Carpet if they turn their behavior around.  However, if they make another sad choice later in the day, they directly go to Take 2 and no moving back :(  If students are going above and beyond, staying off the clapboards all week, they get an Oscar award at the end of the week.  I give out Oscars during the week, too!  





Students also get “tickets” to spend on coupons redeemable at my “Concession Stand” on Fridays.  They can earn tickets, and tickets can be taken away.  Here are some of my incentives.  Would LOVE to hear more ideas!!!

They get to take their pick between the two options listed next to each ticket amount…they don’t get BOTH!!!

5 tickets ~ Wear a hat or silly socks to school

                 Candy from my penny candy jar

10 tickets ~ Choose a prize from the treasure box

                   Bring a pillow or stuffed animal to school

15 tickets ~  Wear your slippers to school day

                   Sit by a friend all day

20 tickets ~ No shoes day

                   Wear your pajamas to school

25 tickets ~ Write with markers all day

                   Free art pass

30 tickets ~ Sit at Mrs. Carroll’s desk for the day

                    Pencil sharpener pass

35 tickets ~ Extra time in the library

                   Assistant Director: Mrs. Carroll’s special assistant

40 tickets ~ Read to a Kindergarten class

                   Take home a class game for the night

45 tickets ~  Extra recess

                    Free choice time

50 tickets ~  Sonic slush 

                   Lunch date with Mrs. Carroll and a friend