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Check out this FREE DOWNLOAD. Download our FREE bucket filler wrap (available Small – Medium – Large). Choose the size that best fits your bucket, trim any excess, wrap it around the bucket and let the good deeds flow! Below is an example of a decorated bucket using the medium size free download.

Check out the below example of a decorated bucket by one creative teacher! So cute!

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117 responses to “BUCKET FILLER BragTag™ GIVEAWAY!

  1. Lorena Reimann

    July 2, 2012 at 2:50 am

    My students use their manners and complement each other when they see others helping or using kind words.

  2. Lorraine @ Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

    July 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

    My students know that I love to catch them being bucket fillers when they think no one is looking. I teach fourth grade and sometimes when 9 year olds fill a bucket it is more for the recognition rather then the act of kindness soooooooooooooo I award Random Acts of Kindness bucket fillers. I expect all my students to be bucket fillers at all times but when its a Random Act of Kindness they get rewarded! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Podolski

    July 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

    I would have my first graders put a heart in the bucket every time they were kind to others or helped someone.

  4. Christina Ruiz

    July 2, 2012 at 3:34 am

    I have never actually used this concept in the classroom before. I would love the opportunity to help my students this year become bucket fillers.

  5. Kim Worthey

    July 2, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I had never heard of this until I began following teacher blogs. I am very excited to introduce this awesome character building tool to my students this year!

  6. Heidi

    July 2, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I teach first and we use Pom Pom balls. They stop, close their eyes and think about why they are filling a bucket. Then they tell their friend why they filled their bucket. They also fill their own because they are filling their own bucket by being a bucket filler!

  7. Jennifer

    July 2, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Thank you for the bucket wrap – it is so cute! I absolutely love using the “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” book with my kinders! It is such an easy way for them to visualize how their behavior affects others! I went to my local craft store at the end of the summer and found a bunch of little tin buckets on sale – usually they’re about $1 each but sometimes you can get them for only 10 cents! Of course I stocked up at that price! At the end of the day we do a little wrap up – discuss what we’ve learned that day, sing a song or read a story AND talk about who filled our buckets! It can be a s simple as a child saying “Johnny let me play with the toy when I asked him to.” or “Kaylee smiled and said hello to me this morning.” Anything positive that a child appreciated about another person in the class. It is awesome to hear the things they come up with about each other! When someone has had a very good day, with a lot of other children mentioning how they were bucket fillers, I give them one of the little pails to take home! They love earning their buckets, and they know that it’s not up to me, it’s only by being kind to others that they get their bucket! This really helps them to see that their behavior affects others and to start think before they act.

    I am going to the store tomorrow to find a larger pail to use as a classroom bucket – these are just too cute (and effective!) not to use! I usually do a “compliment chain” with paper links for whole class behavior, but I have a feeling the Fire Marshall might appreciate the bucket idea more – plus it’s more attractive 🙂 Thank you!

  8. Michelle B.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I have used the bucket filler system in both 3rd and 4th grade and it works SOOOO well! I read the book “How Full is Your Bucket for Kids” the first week of each school year and we brainstorm ways to be bucket fillers instead of bucket dippers. I have a bulletin board in my classroom that has a bucket for each student (and they’re great because they are small and grey just like in the book ;). Students use the buckets almost like a mailbox system to write bucket filling notes to each other, especially when they catch someone going above and beyond to do something kind. I also write notes to the children and put them in their buckets. Bucket filling vocabulary is also very common in my classroom. If a student is having a rough day, they will often say something like “My bucket isn’t very full today because…” Lastly, for our daily objectives poster, the objective for lunch and recess every day is “Make a new friend by being a bucket filler.”

  9. Lindsey Phillips

    July 2, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I love the bucket wrap ! I have used bucket filling in the past with my 2nd grade students….and they really responded to it ! Each student has their own “pocket” for bucket notes….and I always keep a stash of notes in our writing center. Students know they can write a bucket note as an early finisher activity or during inside recess time (if we have yucky weather !) I also intend on using the class bucket this year !

  10. Amber Davis

    July 2, 2012 at 4:41 am

    My students fill buckets by putting a pom pom in a students pouch to show their appreciation for someone filling their buckets! The students love it!!

  11. Joanne M.

    July 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I just got the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? through The Corner on Character. I can’t wait to start filling buckets, and these BragTags would be a wonderful addition to the concept. And thanks for the bucket wrap!

  12. Chasity

    July 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I allow my students to place friendly notes in paper “buckets.” They may do this during snack and lunch, we eat in our classrooms. Every Friday we check our buckets and take out the nice notes home. The kids really get into this.

  13. MJ

    July 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I have never used this idea in my classroom but I am definitely going to try it this year. I love the idea of using pom poms. Thanks for sharing the labels.

  14. Erin

    July 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I have just started reading about bucket fillers, but I have always do random acts of kindness. My students always amaze me with their thoughtfulness.

  15. Sherrie

    July 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I’m going to use this to have students encourage each other by looking for these positive actions. 🙂

  16. Maureen Smith

    July 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I have never used it before, but I have been hearing about it. I like the idea and would like to do it when school starts.

  17. Lisa Sharp

    July 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    After learning about the idea through blogging last summer with Mel, l made it a priority in my classroom with my firsties. They understood the idea and began to be little bucket fillers in and out of class. Unfortunately they’d need some reminding so I would reread the book perodically especially if we got a new student. The best part about the idea, is I was asked to asked to share it with the school at one of our Morning Assemblies!!! The principal loved the idea…and began to refer to being a bucket filler and not a dipped throughout the year! :))

  18. Rebecca Davis

    July 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I love the bucket wrap! I have used Bucket Fillers in 4th grade as well as 2nd grade and it was very effective for both grades. We start off by reading the book and talking about how to fill someone’s bucket. We do a lot of role playing as well. Each student has their own pocket (I use a shoe organizer) and I have postcards that sit out. Students may write a note in the morning, while packing up, or if they are an early finisher. I think this year I will also incorporate the classroom bucket!

  19. Di

    July 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I have used this with 1st and 3rd graders and it works every time!!

  20. michelle

    July 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    currently, we use a 100 chart for compliments the class gets (number drawn randomly). WHen they get 10 in a row, they get a reward…a brag tag would be a grrrreat reward!

  21. Linda Watts

    July 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Although I always immediately recognize students when they show kindness and helpfulness to others, I haven’t used buckets or fillers. I’ve only become aware of this since reading blogs. This is exciting and one more way to assure this behavior will continue. I would love to incorporate this into my routine and then maybe more teachers at my school would want them as well.

  22. Chris Heinemann

    July 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I started using the bucket the second semester of first grade once the kiddos stated writting. They loved it! The on Fridays I would pick one “filler” and the person who wrote and received the compliment got to pick a treat. It’s a great motivator and it gets the kiddos writing. My parents really loved the idea.

  23. Linda Larson

    July 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I love Bucket Filling. I first came across the book when I student taught. We did a school wide bucket filling and anyone could place a kind note in another classes bucket when they were being a bucket filler. At the end of each quarter they did a special assembly for bucket filling and the students would be able to get onstage and do the chicken dance if they had filled their classes bucket. They loved it!

  24. Sally DeCost

    July 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I’m a huge fan of bucket filling, and my second graders really respond well. I like to see them filling buckets by being a good partner for learning games. That means keeping the partner focused on the game, taking good care of classroom materials, and saying encouraging words when their partner takes their turn. It’s their job to ensure that learning is happening!

  25. Laura H.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I used this book last year in first grade. The students made their own buckets from milk cartons and they were filled with colorful sticks. The students really loved this idea! It is a great character builder!

  26. Katie Neustadter

    July 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I follow your blog and get all the emails and I also follow on facebook!

  27. Lindao

    July 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have used the bucket system for two years. I finally got real buckets for the upcoming year. I also made a form for the kids to write on.
    This is so motivating!

  28. Katie Neustadter

    July 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have not used this system yet, but I have seen many great ideas. Love sharing the book about it first to give students an idea of examples and them have them brainstorm some ideas in order to fill someones bucket. Examples on how negative comments would dip into someones bucket with be shared as well.

  29. Nichole D.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I haven’t used the bucket system yet, but I’ve seen it on a lot of blogs that I’ve started to follow. After all the issues that I had last year, I think that I’m going to start it this upcoming year. =)

  30. Koalalou

    July 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for promoting kindness in the classroom!

  31. Kelly Beam Brown

    July 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    This is great! The wraps for the buckets are precious….not sure which one I will use. I use the wrinkled heart activity and the book to help introduce Bucket Fillers to my kindergarteners. I would love to have some tags to go along with Bucket fillers. My students could earn their brag tag for showing they are bucket fillers and not dippers. I think the main thing is for the students to understand what it means to be a bucket filler!

  32. Jenny holder

    July 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    My students last year loved helping keep our room clean and giving their friends compliments!

  33. Wendy Smith

    July 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I love this idea! Will have to try it in the fall.

  34. Courtney

    July 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! I love the bucket filler brag tags. I already do bucket fillers but the brag tags would be a great addition. I would have the class vote each week and choose someone in the class who exhibits the most qualities of a bucket filler. Then, that person would get the bucket filler brag tag.

  35. Amelia Cook

    July 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I am going to use my bucket for kids to write nice neighbor notes and pick a few to read at the end of each day so kids go home with positive vibes!

  36. Michelle Sessions Francis

    July 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    We actually read the book about being bucket fillers. When something happens and feelings are hurt, I ask my students to talk about what they could’ve done to be bucket fillers instead of dippers. The idea is such a great one students grasp on to it easily. These tags would be great to give out at the end of each week to 1 student who you saw go above as a bucket filler. Of course I’d keep track of who had gotten one so every student would end up with one, though some may get more than 1.

  37. Allison Kelly

    July 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I always start the school year by reading The Bucket Filler book! It really helps to set the tone for our classroom community! My students and I talk a lot about the different things you can do to fill someone’s bucket: asking someone to play at recess, empathizing with someone, asking someone if they’re ok, etc. The Bucket Filler BragTags would be GREAT to use in the classroom! Here’s one way I imagine using them: Students can choose when they feel they have earned their Bucket Filler BragTag, and they can put it on. BUT, they must then share what they did to fill someone’s bucket! By sharing, other students can add to their personal lists of ways to fill someone’s bucket! Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway! 🙂

  38. Carrie Bartlett

    July 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I’d like to “manipulate” this idea for high school classroom use, but with the same principle. Good deeds to fill……..rewards……thanks!

  39. Kim Beyer

    July 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I haven’t tried this yet but am looking forward to it this year. I like the idea of students writing on slips of paper to let their friends know why they are putting something in their bucket. This not only helps with writing skills but gives the reader a little happy note to read!!!

  40. Wendy D

    July 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hi! What a great give away! I love to see and read how others use The Bucket Filler book and management system! I start each year with reading the book and then use die cut stars and hearts in which my first graders illustrate and write deeds or ideas that can fill someones bucket! I display this all year and we add to it when we think of new ways and we refer to it constantly! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  41. Tammi hicks

    July 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I am going to start using this technique with my 1st graders this year and brag tags would be an awesome addition!

  42. Courtney

    July 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I use the bucket filler system as a random acts of kindness recognition. We read the book the first week of class and talk about recognizing other students for being kind and being bucket fillers.

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  43. mary

    July 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I started the brag tags on a small scale last year, but can’t wait to do more this year.

  44. Heather S.

    July 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I have not used this system, but what a great way to introduce it to the class in style! I have utilized kindness coins in the past. These were given to students who went out of their way to help others in need. I tried to find those who were doing the act to be helpful, not those who were doing it for recognition. The coins were distributed with the instructions to pass them on to others who were being kind. I always worried students would purposely overlook others’ kindness in an attempt to keep their coins, but they did not! I had one of the kindest classes that year. I think the bucket filler tags could be utilized to create a caring classroom environment. In the beginning, I might allow students to receive a tag as they completed someone’s bucket being filled to encourage students to fill others’ buckets, but I might eventually change that to recognize those with full buckets rather than those filling the buckets. I would do that in an effort to recognize the kind, caring behaviors, rather than the “I caught someone doing a good thing” behaviors. Thanks for this opportunity!

  45. Laurie Eagan

    July 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I will be teaching for the first time in a third grade classroom this year. I want to instill in the class a love and respect for others, and I think bucket fillers is a great way to do that. I would love to have this jumpstart to a great year!

  46. Kimberly Effert

    July 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I had never heard of this until I began following teacher blogs. I am very excited to introduce this awesome character building tool to my students this year!
    Mrs. Effert

  47. Amy Novellino

    July 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I teach 2nd, and it’s refreshing to see how kind kids can be to one another through bucket filling! I’d love to reward kids with brag tags for filling others’ buckets.

  48. Sandra

    July 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I have loved using the wrinkled heart activity in the past along with other individual activities that help students stop and think about particular positive/negative behaviors. I learned about Bucket Fillers through Pinterest, and I am excited to use the book (and the buckets!) with my third graders beginning in August.

  49. mhorn

    July 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Wow! Great graphics to download. In the past I have done individual buckets with notes, but had problems with inappropriate comments. I am trying to decide if I should do a class bucket or individual ones with pom poms this year.

  50. Heather W.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I love The Bucket Filler book! The students love to write things down that someone has done on a slip of paper to put in their classmates’ bucket. These brag tags would be awesome!

  51. Michele Nelson

    July 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    My student’s love the book “Have you filled a Bucket today?” At the end of the week I always pass out sheets of paper and my students fill each other’s buckets with kind words. I’d love to have one Bucket Filler a week that really went the extra mile to fill other’s buckets. Brag Tags would be an awesome incentive.

  52. diana White

    July 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve read the book to my class for the past 2 or 3 years. We discuss it, but I’ve never made a bucket and followed through like I’ve read about on many blogs. I’m going to do it this year. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  53. Ann Turner

    July 2, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I have not used this before, but now I have ideas swirling in my head on ways to put this to use.

  54. Gina Nicholls

    July 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love the bucket filler book! We read it the first week of school several times then we each make our own buckets! I even send buckets home for families to make because my students get so into it! I especially love when parents tell me all they have to do is ask their child if they are filling or emptying a bucket and the child knows to correct their behavior! We take three minutes each day to write a little message to a classmate and fill their bucket!

  55. Missy K

    July 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I stumbled on the bucket filler idea this spring and am looking forward to trying it out in my new classroom this fall as I transition to a new district and school! It sounds like a great way to build a respectful and caring classroom community. Thank you for the chance to win wonderful products that will enhance my classroom!

  56. Diane

    July 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Our faculty did the “Fill your bucket” idea with staff and it worked well with the staff. Some teachers started using it in their rooms. I am going to start this year and I love this cover for a bucket! I am hoping to start using brag tags too, so these two tools will help with building a respectful, responsible and safe classroom!

  57. Ashley Cahill

    July 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    We use bucket fillers in my first grade class as our main social skill program. I not only read the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” but I make each student little buckets, and have small bucket filler papers next to them. During writers workshop one choice is to write some “bucket fillers” to other students in the class. Here is a link to my bulletin board:
    Brag Tags would really be amazing!!!

  58. Jan Brady

    July 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I am going to be implementing the bucket filler idea this year. I can’t wait! I’ve gotten some really great ideas here! Thanks!

  59. Michelle

    July 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    WE have a special “heart helper” in our classroom that changes each day. The heart helper is the one who looks for students doing kind things in my classroom and puts a heart in our bucket. At afternoon wrap-up, they tell who got a heart put into the bucket and why. It is very sweet! Some heart helpers actively look for kind deeds, and other heart helpers forget during the day, so it actually evens out, and doesn’t get over used OR under used!! =-)

  60. Pam Kerl

    July 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I have the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and plan to read/use it in conjunction with our 6 Pillars of Character…it’s so much easier to reward kindness and caring! Thank you so much for the bucket labels; now I just need to find a bucket! : )

  61. Patti Brooks

    July 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve been using the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? since I heard the author speak at a conference. I use an over the door shoe holder to hold students’ buckets I found at Oriental Trading. Students put bucket filler slips in when someone fills their bucket. I add pompoms and stars as I see bucket-filling. Love reading all the ideas!

  62. Linda Gyor Stoffan

    July 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I am going to implement the bucket filler ideas this year so reading all the ideas really helps.
    I like the acts of kindness.

  63. monica hiatt

    July 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

    we fill the buckets of our classmates when they look down.

  64. Andi Monroe

    July 3, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I LOVE the bucket wrap! My students are bucket fillers because we love to lift each other up with compliments. Also, we lend a helping hand to those who are in need.

  65. Mary

    July 3, 2012 at 1:47 am

    My kids loved filling their buckets. We used small business cards I printed at for writing the comments.

    Pitner’s Potpourri

  66. Karen Thomas

    July 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I wil use the bucket for students to put positive notes to each other to fill our class bucket.

  67. Kathy

    July 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    This is such a great classroom idea. I have also seen this used in the teachers’ mailroom where staff members have awarded other teachers. Doesn’t everyone need to be a bucket filler?! 🙂

  68. Andrea Parsons

    July 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I read the book last year but we used a different system so I am trying Bucket Filling this year! 🙂 Thank you!

  69. Rhonda

    July 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I just became aware of the “bucket filler” and books you can read to students. I teach 2nd grade and will be using the book for the first time this coming school year. I love all the wonderful ideas for how to incorporate it within the classroom throughout the school year. Since I work on getting my students to write as much as possible, I think I will have students write down their “bucket filler” deeds and place in their own mini-bucket to be read each week or quarter as a celebration of their community spirit.

  70. Melanie E.

    July 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I have used it with my 3rd and 4th graders. They place bucket lips into each others paper buckets that are displayed on the board. They love it!

  71. Jennie

    July 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    we have hearts in different colors (tied to the pillars of character) and since our district celebrates one pillar a month…those are the color hearts used for the month. My students are given one a week to give to a classmate….at the end of the month we glue them to their end of the year scrapbook

  72. jessica carter

    July 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    So excited to enter! I just popped over to see if I wanted to get these for my classroom, which I am about to order! I would so love to win to add to my new stash! Thanks for the chance!!!

  73. jessica carter

    July 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    As far as bucket filling goes, I have a bulletin board in my classroom that has buckets hanging on it. The children use colored puffs each time they are caught filling someone’s bucket!

  74. Connie Alves

    July 4, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Our students earn gator awards when they are caught throughout the school doing something good. They put all of their gators in our bucket and get rewarded each month with a prize! Wish we had brag tags!!!!

  75. Kelly McHaffie

    July 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I love having my kids learn about being a bucket filler. It’s such a wonderful concept and a great way to encourage them and one another. They love getting to give their friends compliments and “fill their buckets!”
    I have mini buckets for each kiddo hanging in a over the door shoe organizer in my classroom. The kiddos can go over there at anytime during the day and pay a friend who has done something to fill their bucket a compliment. I just LOVE it and so do the kiddos!!

  76. Jennifer Harper

    July 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I read 3 different Bucket Filler books throughout the year. We have a bulletin board with little buckets and students give each other little pompoms when someone fills their bucket for them.

  77. Jennifer

    July 5, 2012 at 12:30 am

    I just recently learned about being a ‘bucket filler’ but we’ve done this in my classroom before with an old shoe box where we send messages to our third grade friends as we ‘catch’ them being good. I love the book and have requested to make this the theme for our upcoming school year already! Thanks

  78. Christine

    July 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I am also new to bucket-filling, but I am really excited about implementing it this year! Thank you all for the wonderful ideas and examples of how to use this in the classroom!

  79. Tiffany Hone

    July 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I love helping my kids to look for positive actions happening in our class! We have a bucket in our class, where students will give compliments to things that have happened to them or things they have seen other kids do. This year, I want to also include having them look at situations that they might struggle with (a concept in math, something on the playground, etc…) and write down something positive they are learning from that situation. We read them aloud in class (anonymously, if they want) and celebrate the great things that are happening. It is WONDERFUL! I would LOVE BragTags to go along with this!!!

  80. Melissa Walley

    July 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I love using bucket fillers! Giving “bucket slips” in the lunchroom is a great way to recognize appropriate lunchroom manners and behavior. These slips can then be used for classroom or whole-school raffles or read on the announcements.

  81. Denise

    July 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I haven’t used bucket fillers YET, but I plan to start the year off reading the book and implementing “being bucket fillers” in my 3rd grade classroom. What a great way to start the year and carry through with positive behavior and kindness!

  82. Amelia Cook

    July 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    My kids put nice neighbor notes in a bucket that we share at our class/family meeting on Friday- to send the kids home on a happy and positive note!

  83. Lori Archer

    July 5, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I have not used bucket fillers before but I am lloking to stat this in my classroom this year.

  84. Colleen Furlong

    July 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Students collect compliments from staff members in the building, when the class bucket is filled, we celebrate!

  85. Linda Wasemann-Phillips

    July 6, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Our principal read bucket filler acts every day during the December announcements to help students to think about others during that busy time of year.

  86. Lori Willis

    July 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    This will be the first year my students will be bucket fillers. I love all the GREAT ideas I have seen! I’ve bought the book and the student buckets already!! Can’t wait to decorate my brag tag board! 🙂

  87. Amy Mason

    July 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    This will be our first year of “bucket filling”. Will use as a reward for kindness to others and being helpful in our room and on our campus.

  88. Pauline Pretz

    July 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I began using the Bucket Filler idea last year in my 1st grade class. We had been hit with the whinny meannies and between the tattling, the hurt feelings and just some plain meannest I tried this. It was a wonderful way to concentrate on the positive and nice things that were happening. I think your poster will make a great cover for a class book. I thought it would be a great following on to the read aloud and kick off off for the new year with my new firsties. Thank you for a great freebie!!

  89. Annette Massey

    July 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    We use PAWS, to give out for possitive behavior. I am going to use this Great idea and your printout for them to fill their BUCKET with paws!!!!!!!! I am all for this idea and I love your BRAGTAGS!!!!!! So excited for this great contest. Can we each just win a few please!

  90. Megan Harrelson

    July 7, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I just got my first teaching job and can’t wait to start the school year off with this!

  91. Karen Stamp

    July 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    We read the story and then role play during our class meetings ways students can fill a friend’s bucket.

  92. Renee Akin Fortner

    July 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    This is a wonderful idea…..One idea….put” welcome to 5th grade” goody bags in it for first day and keep some in there at all times for new students besides other things for the whole class all year…like small rewards on school mascot (Blue Devils), for example, if they are being caught kind, they can pull one from the bucket and it might say….”Sit by a friend for the whole day!”. Thanks for the bucket display!!!

  93. Shannon

    July 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I’ve used bucket fillers in Kindergarten for the past two years. Moving to third in new school and it will be a school wide system. Looking forward to it!

  94. Mariann Wauchek

    July 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Last year was the first year that I used Bucket Filling with my 1st graders. I used pompoms (we called them warm fuzzies) to fill their buckets when the exhibited an act of kindness. I think the brag tags would be a great reward for each bucket filled.

  95. Heather Toller

    July 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I love the Bucket Filler idea. My kiddos put a cotton ball in the bucket when they have filled someone’s bucket.

  96. Amanda

    July 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    We choose a special person each week to fill their bucket (bus driver, mom, dad, sibling, librarian, etc). Of course, we are always looking to fill each other’s buckets as well!

  97. Maria C Agostini-Perez

    July 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The bucket I will use it in the classroom by filling
    It with ping pong balls when the students behave good 😉

  98. jessica wagner

    July 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    My students show they are bucket fillers by being kind, respectful, and considerate of each other. They encourage, motivate, and support thier classmates!

  99. Beth Vierling

    July 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    We use this concept and book school wide. Teachers have a bucket in their room and the book. It is talked about all year. The students even use the lingo of being a “bucket filler”!

  100. Sandra Matadamas

    July 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I haven’t tried bucket fillers in my classroom but I would love too! It sounds like a great way f

  101. Irma Cruz

    July 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    The bucket in my classroom has inspiational phrases to discuss everyday and encourage values

  102. Lily Grijalva

    July 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have tried this before but the way I had tried it did not work. This is a great way to have student share drops for their friends. They will be able to fill out a drop place it in the bucket and then at the end of the day we will share to fill the individual buckets.

  103. stephanie nykamp

    July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    In my class we celebrate learning. As we take chances and make mistakes we are able to learn. My classroom is an environment where everyone should feel safe to take a chance. I think the students could use this program to reward eachother when they see someone taking a chance. This can be in so many ways. Saying something nice to others, trying a new skill, helping someone. The list goes on. I would LOVE to try this program in my 2nd grade classroom!

  104. Marissa Zimmer

    July 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I use hanging shoe pockets to hold my kids’ “buckets.” They each decorate a bucket at the beginning of the year, which goes into their pockets. I have printed slips from another teacher’s website where the students can write down nice things they want to say to their classmates and/or ways that others have filled their buckets. They can then put the slips in each other’s buckets, and I pass them out at the end of the week. I have never used a class bucket before, but I think that is a great idea as well! Thanks! 🙂

  105. Allison Brocking

    July 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    We read the book Have You Filled a Bucket today and we talk about how to fill and even empty buckets and students will even tell other students if something they did to each other either emptied or filled their bucket.

  106. Christie Brown

    July 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I am really looking forward to starting this when school starts in August. I know this will be a great way for my students to focus on the good things they say and do,

  107. Adelia Hall

    July 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    We do positive comments through out the day. I have never used the bucket fillers. I love the idea! Need to do this for sure!

  108. Marianne Griffith

    July 10, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This is a novel idea. I teach 1st-8th grade art, and I would have to have 14 buckets – one for each class. It would be a great incentive for the class who fills their bucket first to earn the brag tags! It could be so cool. They could have fillers like: an art palette (drawn on paper) means the class was excellent on a certain date, a box of crayons (drawn on paper) with the best behaved table for the class period, and a paint brush (drawn on paper) for the most helpful art student for that class period. The paper shapes would be 1×2″ and folded in half, so it takes longer to fill the buckets! Hmm…possibilities are endless!

  109. heidi weber

    July 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    This year I plan on using this book throughout the year. I plan on having a bulletin board about character and focus on character traits. When students demonstrate one of the character traits, they will get a warm fuzzy (pom pom) in their bucket. When their bucket gets filled, I’ll send home a congratulatory letter to their parents. Also, their classmates can put notes in the bucket to fill another person’s bucket.

  110. Annie Light

    July 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    In my class, we read the book and talk about trying to put more in than take out! Great visual for kids!! These tags would be so wonderful to remind them to fill the bucket!!

  111. Laura

    July 11, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I have tried this with kindergarten students for two years. I need to start at the beginning of the year next year. I am looking forward to the ideas here!

  112. Corinna Woita

    August 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I love bucket fillers! The kids put their bucket notes in the big bucket, then we share them aloud at the end of the week. I’d love some bucket filler brag tags! Thanks!

  113. Lori

    August 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Where can I get brag tags?

  114. Pamela Gerald

    October 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    We fill our bucket with warm fuzzies (pom poms) whenever we get a class compliment or see random acte of kindness in the classroom or on the playground. Students are really loving doing kind things for each other. When the bucket is filled we celebrate by having a popcorn party with another class that we select randomly.

  115. Deborah Street

    August 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I love seeing this. My students have their individual buckets. They fill out notes and send put them in each others buckets when they want to say kind things. I love the book and the whole concept of positive words and not negative. I would love to have some brag tags.


      August 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      Hi Deborah,
      Thanks for the message! Positivity makes the world go around! : )

  116. Pie

    October 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I love this! I do bucket fillers in our class!


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