March 29, 2013

Are U Ready to Boogie? (FREEBIE!!!)

After being inspired by a fellow teacher and Pinterest, I started making 5-gallon bucket stools for my classroom and other teachers.  My students love to sit on them during Daily 5 for independent and buddy reading around the room.

 I also have five green stools for my guided reading table.


I hate to think about how badly things could go wrong in an emergency situation.  For someone who loves to procrastinate, I do feel better when I "think" I'm prepared for unforeseen emergencies.


Our school recently had a training about how to handle campus intruders and what to do if we have an emergency school lock down.  In the wake of Sandy Hook, I guess this is going on in schools all around the nation.  I can never be emotionally ready to handle such a tragedy because I really do love my kiddos and would hate for something so awful to happen to them.


I decided that the same idea could be used for emergencies and now I'm creating a class "Boogie Bucket."  I'm using large 5 gallon buckets that I fill with emergency supplies like a first aid kit, a flash light/radio, tissue, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, duct tape, plastic bags, flash cards/travel games, a whistle, emergency contact info and student care packages.  Next week I'm sending home a letter to ask parents to prepare a Ziploc bag with things to comfort their child in case of an emergency.

There's a School Emergency Preparedness Freebie on TeachersPayTeachers and Teachers Notebook.


I included boogie bucket directions, a parent letter, comfort letter samples and student id card templates.

Take care ya'll and have a wonderful Easter Weekend!

6 comments:

  1. Love the stool and the emergency preparedness idea. FOund your blog just surfin' the web I'm so glad I found it.. I'm your newest follower.

    ShannonThe Teaching Twosome

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  2. What were your bucket originally used for love this design. I have done this before but found I needed to replace lids at the end of the school year.

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  3. How did you make the pad for the top of the bucket and how is it attached? Love this look!

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  4. I found the answer to my question above when I read the free download on TpT. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Thank you for the freebie. Love the buckets!
    katandsquirrel.com

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  6. love buckets for emergency @ our school we are filling with lock down supplies for restroom use baby wipes, black garbage bags, a dark plastic shower curtain and a toilet seat. Kids can be on lockdown for hours they may have to go!

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