Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Author: Carol McCloud
Illustrator: David Messing
Grade Level: k-3

Summary: This book explains every individual has an invisible bucket. This bucket reflects our moods and self awareness. The book explains how we can fill and take away from our buckets and how it will affect each individual.

Element 6: The book gives children examples on how to "fill" each other's buckets and also how not to take away from one's bucket.

Activity: Students first talk about their own "buckets" and write a little journal entry about their current bucket level. Then the entire class makes a list on ways to fill each others bucket. Over the week the kids will try to fill others buckets as much as possible. On Friday, the children will write another journal on their current bucket level. Then compare the first journal to the second. 

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