What Makes a Good Friend?

Lesson 2


Describe what it means if someone fills your bucket by asking and answering questions about key details in the text.

Make connections between the text and what it means to be a good friend.

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What does it mean if someone fills your bucket?

How does someone feel when their bucket is full?

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Key Questions


  • What is the purpose or job of this invisible bucket? What in the story makes you think that?

  • What are some things you could do or say to be a bucket filler?

  • What are some things that others have done to dip into your bucket? Think of a time when you felt sad or your feelings were hurt.

  • How do you think it would make you feel to dip into someone else’s bucket? Would it fill your own bucket or dip into it?

  • How will it make you feel to fill someone else’s bucket?

  • How do you think our classroom will feel when we become a whole team of bucket fillers?



invisible     (adj.)

unable to be seen or felt; something you cannot see

ignore     (v.)

to not pay attention to someone or something

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.1.1 — Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

  • RL.1.3 — Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.