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

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Target Words:

  • cub
  • grub
  • sub
  • stub
  • chub


  • A container labeled “Grub Tub” (e.g., cardboard box, bowl)
  • Picture and words cards
  • Chub the cub sack puppet
  • A resealable food storage bag
  • Letter cards
  • Grub for Chub the Cub target text
  • Video of bear hunting for grubs (optional) 

The children they will help 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
Feed grub to Chub the Cub

  • Assemble the Chub the Cub sack puppet.
  • Explain that grubs are bugs that bears like to eat and that sub is a short name for a long sandwich.
  • 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).
  • Show the cards to the children one at a time and have them take turns reading the words 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.
  • After reading the whole stack once or twice, have the children read the word cards in varied ways (e.g., high or low voice, fast or slow)

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • Let the children make different words (e.g. cub) from letter cards by changing either of the consonants or the vowel.
    • Change the beginning sound(s): cub tub; chub grub; sub cub
    • Change the vowel: cub cab; sub sob; grub grab
    • Change the ending sound(s): cub cup; tub tug; sub sum
  • For each word, have them produce the sounds for each letter and then blend those sounds back into a word.

Read target words in a text

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ub in the Grub for Chub the Cub target text.
  • Read the text to the children, then engage the children in reading the text 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, grub, sub), and have the children write a sentence or two expressing ideas from a lesson activity or target text (e.g., Chub the cub ate grub in the tub).

SEEL Target Texts

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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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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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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/.)