Lesson Plan

Fill Your Bucket

Are you a bucket filler? Children with good social skills lift each other up with compliments and praise, instead of put downs and negative comments. Use this lesson to teach your students about bucket filling and how to compliment others.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to explain the concept of “filling buckets” and write compliments for their classmates.


(5 minutes)
  • Have students take out a whiteboard and a whiteboard marker.
  • Tell the class that you are about to play a word association game. When they hear a word and see the corresponding image, they should write down the first word that comes to mind, and then turn over their whiteboard.
  • Display the image of a bucket and say, “Bucket.”
  • Give students time to write down a word, and then have students share the word with a partner. Allow time for short discussion between partnerships about why they made certain word associations.
  • Call on 2-3 students to share about their word associations.