Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard lesson plan

  • 1.

    Ask parents to donate clean, empty food containers representing the food categories from the USDA Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children: grains, vegetables, milk, fruit, and meat. Additional information to share with students about this nutritional resource is available online.

  • 2.

    Read the poem Old Mother Hubbard" to students. The children's book, Old Mother Hubbard, by Jane Cabrera is available with the complete poem. Provide time in the school day for student to respond to the poem.

  • 3.

    Organize students into small groups. Provide each group with poster board. Ask students to divide the poster board into Mother Hubbard's empty cupboard which contains five sections using Crayola® Washable Markers . The group will decide where they will put the grains, vegetables, milk, fruit, and meat. If students are not familiar with the words, have them draw an illustration in each section to represent the food group.

  • 4.

    Once students have labeled Mother Hubbard's empty cupboard, provide each student group with a variety of recycled food containers. Students determine where to place each food.

  • 5.

    Once student groups have places all recycled boxes, have them share with an adult why they chose each placement in the cupboard. Will the dog be able to eat from the cupboard?