a bag that snags rags

A Bag That Snags Rags

A Bag That Snags Rags
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • bag
  • rag
  • tag
  • wag
  • drag


  • Rags
  • Timer
  • Bag (e.g., paper lunch sack)
  • Rag bag puppet labeled "Rag Bag"
  • Snag a Rag target text
  • A Bag that Snags Rags target text
  • Word blending cards
  • Picture of a rag 
  • Tags

The children will play a game called Snag a Rag while they read and write words ending in –ag, such as: rag, bag, tag, wag, drag. 

Literacy Activities
Race to snag and drag rags

  • Place several rags at the end of a running area.
  • Place a bag with a tag labeled "Rag Bag" at the other end and have the children read the tag.
  • Explain the meaning of the word snag
  • Tell the children that the rag bag is missing all of its rags and you will time them to see how long it takes to snag and drag all of the rags back into the rag bag.
  • Have the children form a line and take turns racing to snag the rags one at a time and drag them to the rag bag.
  • Have all of the children chant, “Snag a rag” as each child runs to grab a rag and chant “Drag the rag” as each child drags the rag to the rag bag.

Snag and drag letters to build words

  • Make groups of 3 children and give each group a bag with word blending cards Set 1.
  • Let the first child snag a letter from the bag and drag it to the –ag ending on the picture of a rag to build a word that rhymes with rag.
  • Let the second child blend the sounds together to read the word.
  • Let the third child write the word on a piece of paper or on a whiteboard.
  • Repeat until each child has had a chance to build, read, and write a word.

A bag that snags rags

  • Read the target text A Bag that Snags Rags with the children, then act out the story:
    • Let a child put their hand in a paper sack labeled “rag bag” (moving the bottom of the paper sack like a puppet).
    • Let other children wave rags like flags as the child with the bag tries to snag the rags.
    • Repeat with tags.
    • Let children take turns snagging rags and tags from the rag bag and waving them like flags.

More Practice
Identify, blend, and manipulate sounds

With word blending cards Set 2, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:

  • rag → drag; lag → flag; tag → jag, bag → sag; wag → nag
  • rag → ram → 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 Snag a Rag together with the children. 
  • Read the target text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ag.
  • Repeat with the target text A Bag that Snags Rags.

Write about the activity using target words/patterns

  • Play a “pass the rag” game with children (similar to the game hot potato).
    • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing a paper rag.
    • As each child gets the tag, 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 rag has to say all of the –ag words on the list.
    • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write each word on the paper tag.
  • Give the children paper and pencil and have them write words from dictation: rag, snag, drag, bag, lag, flag, jag, nag, wag, sag, gag, tag.
  • Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience by generating sentence frames and letting the children fill in target words and phrases by picking from options presented verbally or in writing.
    • I can _____ (snag) and_____ (drag) a _____ (rag) to a rag bag.
    • I like to _____ (snag) and_____ (drag) letters to make words on a _____ (rag).
    • The _____ _____ (rag bag) lost all of its _____ (rags).
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SEEL Target Texts

Snag a Rag

Race to snag and drag a rag.
Run and snag a rag from a bag.
Drag the rag back to a rag bag.
Snag a rag.
Drag a rag.
Snag and drag a rag to a rag bag.

A Bag That Snags Rags

First, we got a rag.
But, the bag tried to snag our rag. 
The bag wanted a rag so it could be a rag bag.
Then we got a tag.
But, the bag tried to snag our tag. 
The bag got our rags and the bag got our tags.
We got to snag our rags back from the bag.
We tried to snag our tags back from the bag. 
Then we got to wag our rag and our tag.
We got to wag our rag and tag like a flag.
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SEEL At Home



Read and write words that end with -ag.


  • Rag Bag text
  • 2 bags
  • Several rags

Activity: Snag a Rag Race

  • Help your child read the text Snag the Rag.
  • Place several rags at one end of a running area.
  • Place 2 bags at the other end (one for parent, one for child).
  • Have a rag race and collect one rag at a time to drag back and put in the bag.
  • As you drag each rag say the /r/ sound and when you reach the bag finish with /ag/.
  • Read the text Snag the Rag again underline the words ending in -ag.
  • Write a list of -ag words from the text and activity.
  • Have your child write rag bag on each bag and repeat the race.
  • 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.