When I saw the clipart from DJ Inkers of character words, I instantly knew that I wanted to use it for my theme this year. I spent a good portion of the summer working on it and after researching how to make it all work together, I came upon the Bucket filler idea. It was perfect and I am having so much fun seeing the kids do their best to be a bucket filler.
I made two bulletin boards. One is my Citizen of the Day Board. I have a person of the day every year around my theme. This year, my citizen of the day will be wearing his or her choice of 6 colors of peace sign glasses. The student will sit my well worn VIP chair, get first turns on games, lead vocal play first, and help with anything else that needs to be helped. Other privileges are to get a piece of laffy taffy, to get unlimited drinks during class, and to get to go to the bathroom one time without asking. (students normally are not allowed to go to the bathroom during class). I made 50 words with 50 definitions and used them in 50 sentences to put on my citizen of the day bulletin board.
do with being a good citizen.
As I said in the last section, I give out a few (4-6) cards in a half hour class. I just make a colored dot on a student’s name to keep track and at the end of the half hour, I put a sticker on or mark the behavior reward chart (see below). In a number of half hour periods, when the chart fills up, I let the kids have a special game as a reward. If you have one class all day, you could have each student have a bucket and give individual rewards or have a class bucket and give class rewards. Do whatever works for you.
I also have a card that you could use if you have time, especially in a one class all day situation where you or the other students can write nice things they see a student doing and put it into their pocket on the citizen of the day board. I have so little time in my half hour classes and so many kids coming in and out that this won’t work for me, but I think it would work nicely in a regular classroom.
such as a special game in music