rip a rag into strips

Rip a Rag Into Strips

Rip a Rag Into Strips
Target text


Read and write short-a and short-i words.

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • rag
  • bag
  • big
  • fit
  • rip
  • snip


  • Old cloth or rag
  • Little bag
  • Big bag
  • Paper tag
  • A Big Bag for Rags target text*
  • Dust with Rags target text*

*Items included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will make and play with rags and that they will read and write short-a and short-i words, such as rag, bag, big, fit, rip, snip, and strip.

Literacy Activities
Read target texts together

  • Read the A Big Bag for Rags target text (see below) with the children.
  • Read the Dust with Rags target text (see below) with the children.

Make a rag bag

  • Read the A Big Bag for Rags target text (see below) with the children.
  • Have the children follow the instructions in the text.
    • Snip and rip an old cloth into rags.
    • Try to fit the rags in a little bag.
    • Move the rags to a bigger bag.
    • Write Rag Bag on a paper tag and attach it to the bag.
    • Pretend to dust with the rags.

Fill in the missing words

  • Pantomime the actions in parentheses and let the children take turns filling in the blanks.
    • We ____ (rip) a ____ (rag) into ____ (strips).
    • We can ____ (snip) a ____ (rag) into ____ (strips).
    • We get a big ____ (bag) for the ____ (rags).
    • We ____ (drag) the ____ (rags) to the ____ (big) bag.
    • We ____ (cram) the ____ (rags) into the ____ (big) bag.
    • Do the rags ____ (fit) in the ____ (bag)?
    • The bag is called a ____ (rag bag).
    • We put a ____ (tag) on the ____ (bag) that says, ____ (rag bag).

Identify similar vowels in words

  • Show the children the words rag, bat, tag, and tap.
  • Ask the children what is similar about the words.
  • Help them write the word rag.
  • Show the words snip, strip, and fit.
  • Say the words while extending the vowel and ask the children what vowel sound they hear in the words.
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SEEL Target Texts

Dust with Rags

We can dust with rags.
We can drag a rag to dust the top of a table.
Then we can dust the legs of the table.
We can dust a desk or a shelf or a lamp.
Wag the rag to get the dust off.
Then put the rag back in the rag bag.

A Big Bag for Rags

We have a big, old cloth.
It’s a big rag.
Let’s make a lot of little rags out of the big rag.
Snip the big rag.
Rip the big rag into little strips.
Look! We got a lot of rags!

Put the little rags in a bag.
Can the little rags fit in a little bag?
No. Let’s get a big bag for the rags.
Put a tag on the bag—a ‘Rag Bag’ tag.

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