Rag Bag


Recognize words that rhyme with rag (e.g., "Do rag and bag rhyme?") and produce rhyme words (e.g., "Think of a word that rhymes with rag.").

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rag
  • bag
  • tag
  • wag
  • flag
  • drag


  • Rags 
  • Bags 
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tags with -ag words*
  • Picture cards with -ag words and non-rhyming words*
  • Rag Bag target text*

*Items included below.

The children will use a rag to make a flag as they recognize and produce words that rhyme with rag, such as bag, tag, sag, lag, and drag.

Literacy Activities
Make a flag with a rag

  • Explain that rags are used for cleaning and show the children how you can snag (pick up), drag, and wag a rag to clean things.  
  • Tell the children they will make a flag out of a rag and help them attach a rag or paper scrap to a popsicle stick.
  • Let the children march around the room as they wag their flag.
  • Point out to the children the words that rhyme with rag from the activity (e.g., bag, flag, snag, wag, drag). 

Put a tag on a bag, rag, and flag

  • Tell the children that you will use another thing that rhymes with rag to label a bag, rag, and flag. 
  • Put a tag (see below) on the bag and tell the children that the tag says Rag Bag
  • Put a tag on a rag and tell the children that the tag says Rag
  • Put a tag on the flag and tell the children the tag says Flag.
  • Play with the words that rhyme with rag as you have the children drag the items into the bag to clean up (e.g., "Drag the rag to the bag." "Snag a tag." "Drag the tag to the rag bag.").

More Practice
Read a rhyming text to the children

  • Display the Rag Bag target text (see below) large enough for the children to easily see.
  • Read the text to the children, pointing to each word in left to right sequence.
  • Read the text again and have the children point to each word in left to right sequence. 
  • Point out words in the text that rhyme with rag as you read it together one more time.

Produce words that rhyme with rag

  • Remind the children of the words they played with (e.g., rag, bag, tag, flag).
  • Help each child to think of a word that rhymes with rag (support as needed).

Recognize words that rhyme using pictures

  • Show and identify the cutout picture cards (see below) with the children.
  • Lay out two pictures cards that rhyme with wag (e.g., rag, bag) and one picture that does not (e.g., cat).  
  • Have the children help you identify the picture card that does not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of pictures:
    • tag, rock, wag
    • boat, flag, zigzag
    • rag, tag, flower
    • wag, girl, flag
    • zigzag, rag, cheese

SEEL Target Texts

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Rag Bag

This is my bag.
It is my bag with a tag.
The tag on my bag says Rag Bag.
Do you see a rag?
Drag the rag into my bag.
Any rag can go in my bag.
I see a flag in my bag.
A flag is not a rag.
A flag cannot go in my rag bag.
A flag is a thing to wag.
Wag the flag!



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.A: Recognize and produce rhyming words.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic feature of print.