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!


  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

  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.

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

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

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

  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!

  7. I am trying to get one of our clubs to do this as a community service for the school. This would also make a nice Eagle Project for a Boy Scout. Thank you for the great ideas!!