Have You Filled a Bucket Today Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help you introduce students to the story 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?' by Carol McCloud. Students will listen to a reading of the book as well as a short text lesson on the story, and practice filling their peers' metaphorical buckets.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • give a short summary of the story 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?' by Carol McCloud
  • explain what 'filling someone's bucket' means


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

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