Grab a Rag


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rag
  • bag
  • drag
  • snag


  • Large bag labeled Rag Bag 
  • Rag strips 
  • Timer
  • Paper sacks
  • Word blending cards (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will snag a rag and drag it into a bag while they add sounds to the -ag ending to make words such as rag, bag, drag, and snag.

Practice the skill within an activity

Play Snag a Rag

  • Divide the children into 3-4 groups. (There should be no more than 10 per group).
  • Have children of one group line up behind a designated starting place. 
  • Stand about 10 paces in front of the children and dangle a rag from a height that would challenge the children to jump up and snag the rag. (Have the other 9 rags nearby.)
  • Decide how much time the children will have to snag and drag rags.
  • When the timer is started, have children take turns running to the teacher and jumping to try and snag the rag. Have everyone chant, "Snag a rag! Snag a rag!" until the rag is snagged. 
  • When the child snags the rag, have him or her 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. Repeat with another group.
  • Have the children help you make a list of -ag words from the activity (e.g., snag, drag, rag, bag), emphasizing the beginning sound(s) with the -ag ending to spell each word. 

Apply the skill (choose from the following) 

Drag and blend new -ag words

  • Have children work in pairs, and give each pair a bag with letters (see below) in it.
  • One child will snag a letter from their bag. Have the child 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 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. 



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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/.)