It's my all time most viewed post originally posted back on April 19th, 2011
Hope you find some new ideas for using Bucket Filling in your classroom.
Originally posted 4-19-11
For the past several years I've used the popular Bucket Filler books by Carol McCloud in my classroom.
If you've not taken a peek at this series it is a MUST do. At the start of every school year I begin the bucket filler program. I have this bulletin board display of personalized buckets for classmates to add positive bucket filler thoughts.
Here's my Bucket Filler Bulletin Board. I personalized each bucket with student's names and taped them to party favor treat boxes.
In addition, I found an adorable Bucket Filler song online written by Ken Beere.
I'm beginning to see a pattern to my projects this summer...All things Common Core.
Last week I shared my file organization. This week I'm showing you my standard focus wall.
My grade level is still easing into the full standards, but this next year I'm going to start displaying the learning targets for Common Core.
I bought One Extra Degree's Focus Wall sets and laminated them. I also laminated black backing paper to attach to my white boards. Then the nifty part to this project is using Stikki Clips. These little clips stick easily to anything and can be repositioned and reused. But the best part is that I can easily pull off one standard to display another one for day to day lessons. Here's part of my Focus Wall display. This is my house sliding glass door, but you get the idea of how it will look on my whiteboard once I get back into my classroom.
Here are the Stikki Clips I used to hold the standard cards.
Another thing made, but tons more on my To Do List.
Common Core organization is on the top of my To Do List and thanks to a blog post from
That's So Second Grade, I got busy. Ashley had made labels for 2nd grade, but I needed them for 3rd grade. So I typed the standards up, stuck them on file folders labels and put them in a transportable file crate.
I like the ability to grab and go anywhere with the crate, as I do a lot of my planning at home.
This way everything is right at my fingertips.
I've also been busy making a fun new product line titled "To the Point".
I've created them for Synonyms, Word Families, Guide Words, Analogies, Prefixes & Suffixes, and Categories.