Target text
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 (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

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

  • Introduce Chub the Cub (the stuffed bear cub) as a grubby cub who needs a scrub and then put him in the tub (container).
  • Teach the children the Scrub the Cub song as you demonstrate how to scrub the cub.
  • Invite two or three children at a time to help scrub the cub with a sponge while everyone sings the first verse of the Scrub the Cub song.
    • To add interest, vary the song by singing it fast, slow, high, low, or in any other way you can think to sing it.
  • Have a few other children rub the cub with a towel to dry him while everyone sings the second verse of the song.
  • Repeat the activity and song until all the children have a chance to help scrub or rub the cub.

Scrub in a Tub

  • Invite the children to pretend to scrub their hands in a tub as they sing the Scrub the Cub song.
  • Explain to the children that they should scrub their hands for twenty seconds to get them really clean.
  • Set a timer for twenty seconds and have the children pretend to scrub their hands again as they sing the first verse as many times as they can before the timer goes off.
  • Encourage the children to sing the song as they wash their hands at school.
  • Also encourage the children to go home and teach their families the Scrub a Cub song and how to scrub their hands.

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: cub rub; tub hub; scrub chub 
    • Change the vowel: cub cob; rub rib; cub cab
    • Change the ending sound: 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 with you. 
  • Read the text together again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases

  • Display target words on a word wall 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 help the children write their own versions 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 target text
  • Stuffed bear cub (or another stuffed animal) 
  • Container (e.g., bucket, food container, cardboard box)
  • Clean dry washcloth or sponge
  • Scrub the Cub song

Activity: Scrub the Cub

  • Read the Chub the Cub target text with your child.
  • Teach your child the Scrub the Cub song.
  • With your child, pretend to scrub the cub in a tub (container) with a dry washcloth or sponge as you sing the first verse of the song together.
  • Let your child rub the cub dry with a towel while you both sing the second verse.
  • Help your child write about how to clean a cub, using words ending with -ub (e.g., “Put a cub in a tub.”). 
  • Invite your child to scrub their hands in a tub (sink) as you sing the song together. 
    • Singing the first verse twice and the second verse once equals approximately the recommended 20 seconds of hand washing!

Target Texts


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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/.)