Monday, July 8, 2013

{Bucket Filling} & Monday Made it!

I have been using the bucket filling system in my classroom for the past two years and not only do my students love it, I do as well. If you're not familiar with bucket filling, be sure to check out

On the first day of school I read this book:

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After we read and discuss the book, we make an anchor chart together. I don't have a picture of mine but here is a picture of one that I found from Blog Hoppin' that Mrs. Williamson posted:

Once we make the anchor chart together, we make buckets out of scrapbook paper and pipe cleaners and list examples of bucket fillers and bucket dippers. I don't have a picture of this right now, but I'll be sure to post one when we make them next month. 

Everyday from then on, students are able to fill out bucket filler slips and fill a classmate's bucket. Here is what my chart looks like. I stick a label with the student's name on each pocket.

I got my bucket filling slips from What the Teacher Wants, I think they are so cute!! 

*When we return from winter break, I usually reread the book and do a mini lesson for review on bucket filling!


This coming school year, bucket filling is going to be promoted to the entire staff at my school. Here is where the Monday Made it comes in! I decorated a cute bucket from the Dollar Tree that will be displayed in our workroom. I used ribbon and stickers to decorate it! Teachers can fill out bucket filling slips and they will be read at our staff meetings. 

and I found the cutest teal teacher bell at Target last summer and decided to add some bling to it! I just glued the rhinestones around the edges, super easy!!

Tara from 4th Grade Frolics is hosting Monday Made it, loved reading her post today, got so many great ideas from it! Be sure to go check out her blog!


  1. The bell is super cute! I love your "Bucket Filler" pockets. Great idea!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  2. awesome idea for a teachers' room bucket. I want to try bucket fillers this year. ALthough I have a resource room, I get to keep my READ 180 kids for 1.5 hours every afternoon. I think this would make for a more pleasant and cheerful atmosphere, as this year I have some difficult kiddos coming up.
    Diary of a Grateful teacher

  3. Love the bling on your bell! :)

  4. Great made its! Love the bell! Thanks for sharing your creativity... Just found your blog today and am a new follower!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  5. I ordered the bucket filler book at the beginning of the summer! Can't wait to read it! Your bell is super cute! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  6. Hi Kelli!
    I am so happy to have found your blog on Megan's referral page! Your design is super-cute! I haven't completely implemented the bucket filler idea but it looks great! Perhaps this will be the year I try it!
    So happy to be your newest follower! Stop by, I am having a giveaway!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  7. I LOVE bucket filling. I have done it for several years also and I found it to be just amazing and so stinkin' sweet.

    I love your Hawaii finds. That jellyfish is so cool....your kiddos are going to be fascinated by it.

    I am happy to be your newest and on Bloglovin'. I would love for you to hop over for a visit when you get the chance. I am a 1st grade teacher too. =)

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