Snag and Wag a Flag


Read, write, and experiment with words that end in –ag.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • bag
  • rag
  • tag
  • wag
  • drag


  • Scraps of old fabric
  • Straws/sticks
  • Tags
  • Bag
  • Whiteboards 
  • Wag a Flag target text 
  • Flag graphic
  • Word blending cards
  • Real flag (optional)

The children will turn rags and tags into flags as they will read and write words ending in –ag: rag, bag, tag, wag, drag.

Literacy Activities
Make flags with rags and tags.

  • Tape or staple a rag to a straw or stick.
  • Label the flag 'rag flag'.
  • Wag the rag like a flag.
  • Repeat with a tag and label the new flag 'tag flag'.

Snag and wag a flag.

  • Place rag flags and tag flags in a bag.
  • Tell the children to snag a flag out of the bag and wag the flag.
  • Have the children say, “I can wag a rag flag.” or “I can wag a tag flag.”

Wag a flag game.

  • Read the target text Wag a Flag with the children.
  • Make a flag by attaching the flag graphic to a straw or stick.
  • Let the children take turns leading the group in acting out the text.
  • Repeat the game, replacing the word flag with rag, tag, and bag. 

More Practice
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • rag → drag; tag → sag; bag → lag; wag → nag
    • rag → ran → rat; tag → tap → tan; bag → bat → bad
    • tag → tug; rag → rug → rig; lag → log → leg; bag → big → bug → beg 

Read target words in texts

  • Read the target text Wag a Flag together with the children. 
  • Read the target text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ag.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Have the children write “This is a tag for a rag bag” on a tag.
  • Play a “pass the flag” game with children (similar to the game hot potato).
    • Attach the flag graphic to a straw or stick.
    • Have the children take turns passing the flag while music plays.
    • As each child gets the flag, have him/her say a new word that ends in –ag.
    • Write each new word on the board.  
    • When the music stops, have the children read all of the –ag words in the list.
    • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write each word on the flag.
  • Give the children whiteboards and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: tag, tug, bug, big, bag, bat, bit, sit, sat, sag, lag, leg, log, jog, jig, jag, rag.
  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience. Review target words and phrases from the activities then present sentence frame, sentence completion, gestural, or question prompts incorporating target words and phrases. Provide verbal or written options if needed.
    • Example of an interactive text:
      • I can make a_____ (rag) _____ (flag).
      • I can make a  _____ (tag) _____ (flag).
      • I can _____ (snag) a _____ (flag) from a _____ (bag).
      • I can _____ (snag) and _____ (wag) a _____ (flag).

SEEL Target Texts

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Wag a Flag

Do as I’m doing.
Wag and wag a flag. 
Do as I’m doing.
Wag and wag a flag.
Wag and wag it high or low.
Wag and wag it fast or slow.
Do as I’m doing.
Wag and wag a flag.


SEEL At Home

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Read and write words that end with -ag.


  • Wag a Flag text
  • Flag graphic
  • Tag graphic
  • Straw/stick to attach to the flag, rag, and bag

Activity: Wag and Drag a Rag

  • Help your child read the text Wag a Flag.
  • Cut out the flag and attach it to a straw or stick.
  • Act out the text using the flag.
  • Repeat the game, replacing the flag with a tag and a rag.
  • Read the text Wag a Flag again and have your child find and underline the words ending in -ag.
  • Write a list of -ag words from the text and activity.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



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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/.)