Scrub the Cub

Scrub the Cub
Target text


Read and write words that end with -ub.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • cub
  • tub
  • rub
  • dub
  • scrub


  • Tub (e.g., bucket, food container, cardboard box) 
  • Towel
  • Sponges, scrub brush, or picture of a sponge*
  • Stuffed bear, empty “honey bear” bottle, or picture of a bear* laminated or placed in plastic sleeve 
  • Letter cards*
  • Scrub the Cub song*
  • Chub the Cub text*
  • Book: It’s a Bear by Jez Alborough or other book about a bear (optional) 
  • -ub activity on Hideout: Early Literacy (an app available for free on the app store, optional)

*Items included below. 

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will scrub a cub in a tub and will read and write words ending with -ub, such as cub, rub, tub, dub, and scrub

Literacy Activities 

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Scrub the cub 

  • Put mud or dirt on a bear cub or scribble a plastic cub with brown dry-erase or washable marker.
  • Introduce the cub named Chub, who needs a scrub in the tub. 
  • Teach the Scrub the Cub song (see below) as you scrub the cub.
  • Invite children to scrub the cub while singing the first verse of the Scrub the Cub song.
  • Let children rub the cub with a towel while everyone sings the second verse.

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: cubrub; tubhub; scrubchub 
    • Change the vowel: cubcob; rubrib; cubcab
    • Change the ending sound: rubrun; cubcut; hubhut 

Read target words in a text 

  • Have the children underline the words that end in -ub in the Chub the Cub text (see below).
  • Have a child hide the cub under the tub.
  • Help the children read the target text Chub the Cub.
  • Have the children act out the text and find and scrub the cub.
  • Read the text together again, fading support. 

Write about the activity using target words and phrases 

  • Display target words and give the children a story starter (e.g., “We put Chub in the tub and then . . .”)
  • Let them write about how they got to scrub a cub in a tub.
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SEEL Target Texts

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


Read and write words ending with -ub.


  • Chub the Cub target text
  • Stuffed bear cub
  • Container 
  • Washcloth or sponge
  • Scrub the Cub song

Activity: Scrub the Cub

  • Read the Chub the Cub text with your child.
  • Teach your child the Scrub the Cub song.
  • With your child, pretend to scrub the cub in a tub 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 the words cub, rub, tub, and rub-a-dub-dub.

Target Texts

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SEEL lessons align with Common Core Standards. Please see the standards page for the code(s) associated with this lesson.