Rag Doll in a Rag Bag
- Scraps of old (clean) cloth to tear into rags (e.g. pieces of cloth, towels, or handkerchiefs)
- Make a Rag Doll:
- Rag Doll Instructions
- Flat rag doll pattern
- Rags, markers, and rubber bands
- Bag(s) (plastic, cloth, etc.)
- Tag graphics
- Rag Doll in a Rag Bag target text
- Word cards
- Word blending cards
The children will find the rag doll in a rag bag, and that they will read and write words ending in –ag: rag, bag, tag, wag, drag.
Find a rag doll in a rag bag
- Make a rag doll (pick one of two options):
- Make a rag doll by tracing the rag doll pattern onto a scrap of cloth and drawing on a face.
- Make a rag doll by using a scrap of cloth and rubber bands to tie off a head, arms, and legs.
- Put the rag doll in a bag.
- Read the target text Rag Doll in a Rag Bag to the children then reread the text, acting out the story:
- Make rags for the rag bag by tearing scraps of cloth into strips.
- Write “rag bag” on a tag and attach it to the bag.
- Put rags in the rag bag.
- Let the rag doll pop out of the rag bag.
- Write “rag doll” on a tag for the rag doll.
- Let the rag doll play with the rags in the rag bag.
Play Rag Doll Tag game (similar to Duck, Duck, Goose)
- Have the children sit in a circle, choose one child to be the tagger and give him/her a rag doll.
- Have the tagger walk around the circle, gently tapping each child on the shoulder and waiting for that child to read their -ag word aloud.
- When a child reads the word rag, the tagger drops the rag doll behind that child and starts running around the circle.
- The child picks up the rag doll and chases the tagger around the circle, trying to tag him/her before he/she sits down in the open seat.
- Invite the children in the circle to pass their word card 3 times to their right, let the new child be the tagger with the rag doll, and repeat the game.
- Play as many rounds of the game as desired.
Identify, blend and manipulate sounds
- With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing either of the consonants or the vowel:
- rag → tag, wag → lag, bag → sag, drag → flag, tag → snag
- drag → drab, tag → tab, rag → ran, bag → bat
- rag → rug, jag → jog, bag → big, lag → leg
Read target words in texts
- Read the target text Rag Doll in a Rag Bag together as a class/group.
- 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
- Give the children whiteboards and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: rag, rug, tug, tub, tab, tag, wag, wig, win, bin, big, beg, bag, sag, sad, lad, lag, leg, log, dog, dot, jot, jog.
- Engage the children in interactive writing about their experience.
- Review target words and phrases from the activities, then present sentence completion prompts incorporating those words and phrases (provide support as needed).
- Examples of sentence completion prompts:
- I made a _____ (tag) for a _____ (rag) _____ (bag).
- I like to make rags for a _____ (rag) _____ (bag).
- I saw a rag doll in the _____ (rag) _____ (bag).
- I played _____ (tag) with the _____ (rag) doll.
SEEL Target Texts
Rag Doll in a Rag Bag
We put a tag on the bag that said, “rag bag!”
When we went to get a rag, out came a rag doll!
We took the rag doll out of the bag.
We put a tag on the doll that said, “rag doll.”
We let the rag doll play with the rags.
Rag Doll Instructions
Use the rag doll pattern (see below) to trace an outline of a doll on a scrap of cloth.
Cut out the rag doll.
Draw a face and clothes on the rag doll.
Take a large scrap of cloth and fold it in half.
Bunch the cloth into a ball at the center of the fold and put tissue in the ball to make a head. Wrap a rubber band around the ‘head’ to secure it.
Bunch the cloth at both sides of the head to make arms and secure with rubber bands.
Trim excess cloth.
Cut a slit at the bottom of the doll then bunch the cloth into two sections for feet and secure with rubber bands.
Draw a face on the rag doll.
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/.)
Rag Doll in a Rag Bag