Recycle with Tucket the Bucket

Happy Earth Day Everyone! In honor of Mother Nature, we have a special blog post dedicated to teach recycling in your classroom with Tucket the Bucket! Enjoy:

Are your students learning the importance of recycling or how we need to take care of our environment? Why not combine those studies with language learning?

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Show your students “Tucket the Bucket” available in English (US and UK), SpanishItalianFrenchGermanEsperantoHindiSanskritPortuguese, and Gujarati. This sweet story is about Tucket, a poor bucket that had a great life helping a gardener until one day Tucket grew a hole. He was quickly discarded by the gardener and left to rust. Tucket was then found by a little girl who thought Tucket is perfect for a growing baby rose because he had a developed that hole! Overjoyed by his new use, Tucket took care of the baby rose as it grew into a beautiful flower, enjoyed by all.

I encourage you to discuss ways to stop littering, promote reusing and recycling in your classroom. Start a discussion about how to reuse different items in the classroom. Have students use their vocabulary to point out different objects and describe how to use them in other situations. This activity can stimulate creativity while engaging the vocabulary and language.

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You can use two sets of vocabulary lists in this lesson, one about the weather and the outdoors using words, “rain”, “sun,” “rust,” “flower,” and “gardener” plus other tools whether that be “pencil,” “bucket,” “chair,” “paper” or other classroom objects.

Don’t forget emotion vocabulary. Translate the word or learn how to spell, “happy,” “sad,” and “joy.”

You can discuss which materials should be tossed in which bin. Where do the plastic bottles go? The paper? What about the trash? In the trash can, of course!

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Now, go outside and enjoy nature! But after you tell us how you used Tucket the Bucket in your classroom. Did you change anything from the lesson plan to adjust to your classroom? We’d love to hear from you!

character 1Tamar is BookBox’s Outreach and Social Media Coordinator. Now in Pondicherry, India, Tamar was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, then in 2014 graduated from Binghamton University in International Social Change. You can find her at, on Twitter at @tamargc, going on outdoor adventures or eating delicious vegetarian Indian food.

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