One of the activities I created for Work on Writing as part of my second grade Daily 5 was our Bucket Person of the Week.
Like many of you, I created a bucket filling environment. During the first few weeks of school we read the book How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer and Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud.
Once the students were comfortable with the language and purpose of bucket filling, we created a "Bucket Person of the Week. Each week we selected a student to highlight and during Work on Writing the rest of the class would write a bucket filling message to that person. I kept a special mailbox to store the written bucket messages and at the end of the week I would bind them and present them to the student. Students LOVED receiving their special messages!
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By the way, in case you haven't discovered this there is a Bucket Fillers website that offers a free e-Newsletter and they have a nifty shop with Bucket Filling emblems!
September 2011 will begin my tenth year of teaching AND a new position as the Teacher of Writing for our K-4 school. Prior to that I was a classroom teacher in second and third grade. Welcome to my journey.