wag and drag a rag
Read, write, and experiment with words that end in –ag.
- Scraps of old fabric to rip into rags
- Bags (e.g., paper lunch sacks)
- Tape or stapler to attach tags to bags
- Word blending cards
- How to Make a Rag Bag and Wag and Drag a Rag to Dust Target Text
The children will make a rag bag as they will read and write words ending in –ag: rag, bag, tag, wag, drag.
Make a rag bag
- Display the target text How to Make a Rag Bag large enough for the children to see and read the text together as a group.
- Have the children follow the instructions in the text to make a rag bag:
- Rip a cloth into strips to make rags.
- Put the rags in a bag.
- Write “rag bag” on a tag.
- Attach the tag to the bag.
Wag and drag a rag to dust
- Explain that the rags in a rag bag are used for cleaning.
- Display the target text Wag and Drag a Rag to Dust large enough for the children to see and read the text together as a group.
- Have the children get a rag from the rag bag and act out the text (e.g. wag and drag the rag to clean the walls, shelves, floor, tables etc.).
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 target texts
- Read the target text We Made a Rag Bag together with the children.
- Read the text again, fading support.
- Have the children underline the words that end in –ag.
- Repeat with the target texts How to Make a Rag Bag and Wag and Drag a Rag to Dust.
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/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 will 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).
- Example of an interactive text:
SEEL Target Texts
How to Make a Rag Bag
Rip an old cloth into rags.
Put the rags in a bag.
Make a tag for the bag.
Make the tag say, “Rag Bag.”
SEEL At Home
Read and write words that end with -ag.
- Wag and Drag a Rag to Dust text
- A bag with a rags inside
Activity: Wag and Drag a Rag
- Help your child read the text Wag and Drag a Rag to Dust.
- Hide the rag bag and chant, "Tag the rag bag," while you search.
- Snag a rag out of the bag then wag and drag the rag around the room to dust and clean (e.g. dust the walls, furniture, shelves, etc.).
- Read the text Wag and Drag a Rag to Dust 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.
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/.)
Wag and Drag a Rag