Grab a Rag
Blend a beginning consonant or consonant blend with -ag to make words such as rag, bag, drag, and snag.
- Large bag labeled Rag Bag
- Paper sacks
- Word blending cards
The children will snag a rag and drag it into a bag as they add sounds to the -ag ending to make words such as rag, bag, drag, and snag.
Play Snag a Rag
- Have the children line up and explain to them what it means to snag and drag a rag, pointing out that snag, drag and rag all end with -ag.
- Stand about 10 paces in front of the children and dangle a rag from a challenging but reachable height for the children to jump up and snag (keep extra rags nearby).
- Set the timer for two minutes and let the children take turns trying to snag the rag.
- Have everyone chant, "Snag a rag! Snag a rag!" until the rag is snagged.
- When the rag is snagged have the child drag the rag to the Rag Bag and drop it in while everyone chants, "Drag a rag! Drag a rag!"
- When the time is up, have children count how many rags are in the bag, saying, "One rag in the bag! Two rags in the bag!" etc.
Recall -ag words
Have the children help you make a list of -ag words from the activity and emphasize the beginning sound(s) with the -ag ending to spell each word.
r + ag = rag
b + ag = bag
sn + ag = snag
dr + ag = drag
Drag and blend new -ag words
- Have children work in pairs, and give each pair a bag with letters in it and an -ag ending card.
- One child will snag a letter from their bag and drag the letter to the -ag word ending card then blend the sounds together to read the word.
- Have the child who did not drag the letter to the card write the word on a whiteboard (or paper).
- Allow enough time for each child to take a turn in both roles.
Write about the activity using target words/patterns
- Give each child a paper and pencil and have the children write words from dictation: bag, rag, sag, tag, lag, nag, wag, zag.
- Emphasize the process of blending the beginning sound with the -ag ending to spell each new word.
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.
Grab a Rag