a bag for rags

A Bag for Rags

A Bag for Rags
Target text


Read and write words that end with –ag.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bag
  • rag
  • tag
  • wag
  • drag


  • Rags or paper to rip
  • Flags (rags or small colored paper scraps taped to popsicle sticks or straws)
  • Tags
  • Whiteboards
  • Rag Bag mini book
  • Bags (e.g., plastic grocery bag, paper lunch sack, etc.)
  • Picture cards
  • Word blending cards
  • The Rag Bag target text

The children will make a rag bag while they read and write words ending with –ag, such as, rag, bag, tag, wag, drag. 

Literacy Activities
Make a rag bag

  • Display the mini book Rag Bag large enough for the children to see and read the text together as a group.
  • Have the children act out the mini book:
    • Get a bag.
    • Label a tag “rag bag."
    • Attach the tag to the bag.
    • Drag a rag into the bag.
    • Snag a flag out of the bag.
    • Wag the flag.

Make an –ag bag

  • Make a tag labeled –ag and attach it to a bag.
  • Have the children label each picture card by writing the appropriate word under each picture (i.e., rag, tag, bag, wag, flag, zigzag; cat, bat, net, jet, pig, wig). 
  • Invite the children to sort the pictures by word families then put the picture cards that end with –ag in the –ag 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 → brag; tag → lag; bag → wag; sag → nag
    • rag → rap → rat; tag → tab → tad; bag → ban → bam
    • rag → rug → rig; lag → log → leg; bag → big → beg 

Read target words in target texts 

  • Read the mini book Rag Bag together with the children. 
  • Read the mini book again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ag.
  • Repeat with the target text The Rag Bag.

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 bag” game with children (similar to the game hot potato).
    • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing a paper bag while music plays.
    • As each child gets the bag, have him or her say a new word that ends in –ag.
    • Write each new word on the board.
    • When the music stops, the child with the bag has to say all the –ag words in the list.
    • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write each word on a piece of paper then drop each new word in the bag. 
    • When the music stops, the child with the chip bag has to read all the –ag words in the bag.
  • 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:
    • We made a  _____ (rag) _____ (bag).
    • We got a _____ (rag).
    • We got a _____ (bag).
    • We got a _____ (tag).
    • We put the _____ (rag) in the _____ (bag).
    • We put a _____ (tag) on the _____ (bag) that said _____ (rag) _____ (bag).
    • That is how we made a _____ (rag) _____ (bag).
  • Examples of sentence completion prompts: 
    • I can make_____ (a rag bag, a tag).
    • I like to _____ (wag a rag) to dust and clean.
    • I put a _____ (rag in a rag bag, tag on a rag bag). 
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SEEL Target Texts

The Rag Bag

This is my bag.
It is my bag with a tag.
The tag on my bag says Rag Bag.
Do you see a rag?
Drag the rag into my bag.
Any rag can go in my bag.
I see a flag in my bag.
A flag is not a rag.
A flag cannot go in my rag bag.
A flag is a thing to wag. Wag the flag! 
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SEEL At Home



Read and write words that end with -ag, such as rag, bag, flag, wag, and 0.


  • The Rag Bag text
  • A bag with a rag inside

Activity: A Bag for Rags

  • Help your child read the text Rag Bag and underline the words that end with -ag.
  • Have your child wait with closed eyes as you hide the rag bag.
  • Chant, "Tag the rag bag," while your child searches for the bag, saying the phrase louder as your child gets closer to the rag bag and softer as he/she moves away from it.
  • Have your child say, "I can tag the rag bag!" when he/she finds it.
  • Switch roles and have your child hide the bag.
  • Write a list of -ag words from the text and activity
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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