Scrub the Cub


Read and write words that end with -ub.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • cub
  • tub
  • rub
  • dub
  • scrub


  • Stuffed bear cub
  • Container to use as a wash tub (e.g., bucket, food container, cardboard box) 
  • Hand towel or paper towel
  • Real sponges (or sponge graphic)
  • Scrub the Cub song
  • Letter cards
  • Chub the Cub target text
  • Book: It’s a Bear by Jez Alborough (optional)

The children will give Chub the Cub a scrub in a tub and read and write words ending with –ub, such as cub, rub, tub, dub and scrub

Literacy Activities 
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Scrub the Cub  

  • Read It’s a Bear by Jez Alborough (optional). 
  • Teach the children the Scrub the Cub song.
  • Introduce Chub the Cub as a grubby cub who needs a scrub and put him in the tub.
  • Invite two or three children at a time to help scrub the cub with a sponge while singing the first verse of the Scrub the Cub song, repeating the song* as necessary. 
  • To add interest, vary the song by singing it fast, slow, high or low, etc. 
  • Have the children rub the cub with a towel to dry him while singing the second verse of the song.
  • Repeat the activity and song until all the children have a turn, or as needed.

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make a target word (e.g. cub) from letter cards and then let them make different words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel. 
    • Change the beginning sound(s): cub rub; tub hub; scrub chub 
    • Change the vowel: cub cob; rub rib; cub cab
    • Change the ending sound(s): rub run; cub cut; hub hut  

Read target words in a text 

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ub in the Chub the Cub target text. 
  • Read the text to the children. 
  • Engage the children in reading the text simultaneously with you. 
  • Read the text again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases 

  • Display target words on a word wall (i.e., cub, tub, rub, dub, scrub) and then engage the children in one of the following: 
    • Review the lesson activity, give the children a story starter (e.g., We put Chub in the tub and then…), and ask them to write about the activity using their own words. 
    • Re-read the target text Chub the Cub and permit the children to write their own version of the text.

SEEL Target Texts

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Scrub the Cub Song

Scrub, scrub, scrub the cub.
Scrub him in the tub.
Scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub,
Scrub the little cub.
Rub, rub, rub the cub.
Rub and dry the cub.
Rub, rub, rub, rub,
Rub the little cub.
*Sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Chub the Cub

Chub the Cub fell in the mud.
Chub is a grubby cub!
Chub needs a scrub in the tub.
Oh no!
Where is Chub the cub?
Chub is in the shrub.
Get in the tub, Chub!
Good cub.
Rub and scrub.
Rub and scrub the cub.
Chub is a clean cub!


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words ending with -ub.


  • Chub the Cub story
  • Soft toy bear cub (or another soft toy) 
  • Container to use a wash tub (e.g., bucket, food container, cardboard box)
  • Clean dry washcloth or sponge for pretending to scrub the cub
  • Scrub the Cub song

Activity: Scrub the Cub

  • Read Chub the Cub story with your child.
  • Have your child teach you the Scrub the Cub song.
  • Pretend to scrub the cub in a tub with a washcloth or sponge as you sing the first verse of the song together then rub the cub dry with a towel while singing the second verse.
  • Help your child write how to clean a cub, using words ending with -ub (e.g., Put a cub in a tub.). 
  • The activity can be repeated several times.Cub-story-and-song


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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)