Game of Rag Tag

Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ag to make words such as rag, tag, wag, and drag.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rag
  • tag
  • wag
  • drag

Materials:

  • Rags (e.g., pieces of cloth, towels, or handkerchiefs)
  • Wag a Rag Song (see target text below) sung to the tune of A-Tisket, A-Tasket

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play a game called Rag Tag while they add sounds to the -ag ending to make words such as rag, bag, tag, wag, and drag.

Practice the skill within an activity

Rag Tag

  • Teach the children the Wag a Rag song (see target text below) sung to the tune of A-Tisket, A-Tasket.
  • Play the game Rag Tag (like Duck, Duck, Goose).
  • Have the children sit in a circle.
  • Choose one child to be the tagger and give him/her a rag.
  • Let everyone sing the Wag a Rag song while the tagger walks around the circle, wagging and dragging the rag. 
  • Once the song is finished, let the tagger drop the rag behind the closest child and run around the circle. 
  • Let the tagged child snag (grab) the rag and chase the tagger around the circle, trying to tag him or her with the rag before he or she sits down in the open seat.
  • Let the child with the rag be the next tagger.

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Blend, segment, and spell

  • Have children blend individual sounds into words by tapping their shoulder (beginning sound), their elbow (middle sound) and fingers (ending sound) then have them clap to say the whole word (e.g., /b/ tap shoulder, /a/ tap elbow, /g/ tap fingers = bag clap hands).
    • /r/ /a/ /g/ = rag
    • /t/ /a/ /g/ = tag
    • /w/ /a/ /g/ = wag
    • /s/ /a/ /g/ = sag
  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word:
    • drag→rag→rug→run→bun→ban→bat→sat→mat→man→tan→tin→pin→pig→big→bit→bat→sat→fat→fan→ran.

Write about the activity using target words

  • With children, make a list of words from the song that have the short /a/ sound.
  • Repeat the words together. Raise a rag as each word is said. Have the child extend the short /a/ sound in the words as long as the rag is raised and end the word when the rag is dropped.

SEEL Target Texts

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Wag a Rag

I'll wag it, I'll wag it, 
I'll drag my rag and wag it.
I'll drag it here, I'll drag it there,
And use my rag to tag you.
I'll wag it, I'll wag it,
I'll drag my rag and wag it.
I'll drag it here, I'll drag it there,
And use my rag to tag you.

 

Sung to the tune of A-Tisket, A-Tasket 
(http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/tisket-tasket/index.htm)

SEEL At Home

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Objective

Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ag to make words such as rag, tag, wag, and drag.

Materials

  • Rag Tag text (see below)
  • A rag

Activity: Game of Rag Tag

  • Read the text Rag Tag and have your child underline the words ending in -ag
  • Play a game of Rag Tag (a game for 2 or more players)
  • One person will be the tagger.
  • Every other player will tuck a rag in his or her waistband.
  • The tagger will try to "snag" the rag from the other player(s).  
  • Players who aren't the tagger chant, "Snag the rag!" during the game
  • Once the tagger snags a rag, he or she will shout, "Tag! I have the rag!" 
  • Once the tagger has all of the rags, choose another player to be the tagger
  • Help your child write a sentence about how to play the game using as many -ag words as possbile (e.g.; "Snag a rag and tag a kid.")
  • Have your child change the /r/ sound at the beginning of rag to a different sound then blend the sounds together to make new -ag words (e.g., /b/ + /ag/ = bag; /t/ + /ag/ = tag; /s/ + /ag/ = sag).
  • The activity can be repeated several times. wag-rag-target-text

Standards

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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.D: Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.C: Blend and segment onsets and rimes of single-syllable spoken words.

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