grub for chub the cub

Grub for Chub the Cub

Grub for Chub the Cub
Target text


Read and write words that end with ub.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cub
  • sub
  • grub
  • chub
  • stub


  • A resealable food storage bag
  • A container labeled "Grub Tub" (e.g., cardboard box, bowl)
  • Picture cards*
  • Word-building cards*
  • Word cards*
  • Chub the cub sack puppet*
  • Grub for Chub the Cub target text*
  • Video of bear hunting for grubs (optional) 

*Items included below.

State the Objective

Tell the children that they will find grubs for Chub the cub, and read and write words that end with -ub, such as cub, grub, tub, chub, sub, and rub.

Literacy Activities

Introduce target words

  • Show the children the -ub target words.
  • Read the words with the children.
  • Read the Grub for Chub the Cub target text (see below) with the children.

Feed grub to Chub the Cub

  • Assemble the Chub the Cub sack puppet (see below).
  • Explain that grubs are bugs that bears like to eat and that sub is a short name for a long sandwich.
  • Also explain that “grub” is a word that sometimes means “food.”
  • Have the children take turns picking and reading a picture card from the “Grub Tub.”
    • If the picture card is a grub or a sub, have the child feed the card to Chub the Cub as everyone cheers, “Chub the Cub loves grubs!” (or subs).
    • If the picture card is not a grub or a sub, have the child put the card aside. 

Chub the Cub likes -ub words

  • Pile the word cards and ask the children to help you find Chub the Cub’s favorite words: words that end in -ub (sub, rub, tub, grub, cub).
  • Have the children take turns reading the word cards aloud.
    • If the word ends in -ub, have the child put it in the “Grub Tub.”
    • If the word doesn’t end in -ub, have the child put the card aside.

Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

  • With word-building cards (see below), have the children make new words by  changing a consonant or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning consonant: cub → tub; chub → grub; sub → cub
    • Change the vowel: cub → cab; sub → sob; grub → grab
    • Change the ending consonant: cub → cup; tub → tug; sub → sun

Write about the activity using target words and phrases

  • Let the children write short sentences using target words.
    • Chub is a hungry ___ (cub).
    • He wants to eat a bug called a ____ (grub).
    • A big sandwich is called a ____ (sub).
    • He ate the subs in his ____ (tub).
    • Chub gave his tummy a ____ (rub).
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SEEL Target Texts

Grub for Chub the Cub

Chub the Cub is a hungry cub.
He likes to eat little bugs called grubs.
But he also likes to eat big sandwiches called subs.
Chub the Cub has a tub with some subs and grubs.
Chub ate the subs.
And he ate the grubs.
He ate all the subs and grubs that were in his tub.
Then Chub the Cub gave his tummy a rub.
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SEEL At Home


Read and write words that end with -ub.


  • A container labeled "Grub Tub" (e.g., cardboard box, bowl)
  • Picture cards, cut out and put in tub
  • Chub the Cub graphic, printed or glued to cardstock or light cardboard

Activity: Grub for Chub the Cub

  • Before starting the activity, cut the inside of the mouth out of the Chub the Cub graphic then fold the page on the dotted line so it will stand on a table.
  • Have your child choose a picture card out of the Grub Tub and read it aloud.  
    • If the word is grub or sub, have your child put the grub or sub card in Chub the Cub's mouth.
    • If the word is not grub or sub, have your child put the card aside.
  • Take turns choosing picture cards and deciding where to put them.
  • Work together to think of words that end in -ub (e.g., cub, sub, grub, tub) and have your child write the words down on a piece of paper (with help if needed).
  • Invite your child to write one or two sentences about Chub the Cub using their word list, helping if needed.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.picture-cards
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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.