rag tag game

Rag Tag Game

Rag Tag Game
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • rag
  • wag
  • drag
  • lag
  • bag


  • Wag A Rag song
  • Rags (e.g. pieces of cloth, towels, or handkerchiefs)
  • Word cards
  • Word blending cards
  • Rag Tag text
  • Picture of a rag
  • Tune from original song A Tisket, A Tasket (optional)

The children will play a game called rag tag. Explain that rag and tag both end in –ag. Make a list of words ending in –ag: rag, bag, tag, wag, drag. Tell the children they will read and write these words.

Literacy Activities
Play a Rag Tag game (similar to duck, duck, goose)

  • Display the Wag a Rag song large enough for the children to easily see.
  • Read the song together as a group then sing it to the tune of A Tisket, A Tasket.
  • Sing the song enough times that the children feel comfortable singing it throughout the game.
  • Have the children sit in a circle on the floor.
  • Choose a child to be the tagger and give him/her a rag.
  • Let everyone sing the Wag a Rag song while the tagger walks around the circle, wagging and dragging the rag.
  • Once the song is finished, let the tagger drop the rag behind the closest child and run around the circle.
  • Let the tagged child snag (grab) the rag and chase the tagger around the circle, trying to tag him or her with the rag before the tagger sits down in the open seat.
  • Let the child with the rag be the next tagger.

Play a Rag Tag game (similar to flag football)

  • Choose one child be the tagger.
  • Let the other children tuck a rag in their waistband and carry a word card.
  • Have the tagger try to ‘snag’ a rag from the other children as everyone chants, “Snag the rag!” during the game.
  • The tagger shouts “Tag! I have the rag!” once he or she snags a rag.
  • Have everyone read the tagged child’s word card.
  • Let the child who was tagged be the next tagger.

More Practice
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, rag → drag
    • drag → drab, tag → tab, rag → ran, bag → bat
    • rag → rug, jag → jog, bag → big, lag → lug

Read target words in texts

  • Read the text Wag the Rag and Drag It together as a class/group.
  • Read the text again fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ag.
  • Repeat with the lyrics to the song Wag a Rag.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Play a “pass the rag” game with children.
    • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing a rag.
    • As each child gets the rag, have him/her say a new word that ends in –ag.
    • Write each new word on the board.
    • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children pass a picture of a rag and write each word on the rag.
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SEEL Target Texts

Rag Tag

Wag the rag,
Wag, wag, wag!
Drag the rag,
Drag, drag, drag!
Wag and drag the rag.
Snag a kid’s rag,
Snag, snag, snag!
Tag a kid’s rag,
Tag, tag, tag!
Snag a rag and tag.

Wag a Rag Song

I’ll wag it, I’ll wag it,
I’ll drag my rag and wag it.
I’ll drag it here, I’ll drag it there,
And use my rag to tag you.
I’ll wag it, I’ll wag it,
I’ll drag my rag and wag it.
I’ll drag it here, I’ll drag it there,
And use my rag to tag you.
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SEEL At Home



Read and write words that end with -ag.


  • Wag a Rag text
  • A rag

Activity: Wag and Drag a Rag

  • Read the text Rag Tag and have your child underline the words ending in -ag.
  • Play a game of Rag Tag (a game for 2 or more players):
    • One person will be the tagger.
    • Each other player will tuck a rag in his or her waistband.
    • The tagger will try to "snag" the rag from the other player(s).  
    • Players who aren't the tagger chant, "Snag the rag!" during the game
    • Once the tagger snags a rag, he or she will shout, "Tag! I have the rag!" 
    • Once the tagger has all of the rags, choose another player to be the tagger.
  • The activity can be repeated several times.
  • Have your child write a list of -ag words from the text and activity then write a sentence about how to play the game using as many -ag words as possible (e.g.; "Snag a rag and tag a kid.")
  • Invite your child to read the list of -ag words and the sentence to you, a friend or another family member.


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