Rag Tag


Recognize (e.g. "Do rag and tag rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g. "What rhymes with rag?") a rhyme word that ends in -ag. Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.

Lesson Plan

See More

Target Words:

  • rag
  • tag
  • snag
  • wag
  •  drag


  • Rag (e.g. piece of cloth, towel, handkerchief)
  • Rag Tag text (see below)

State and model the objective 
Tell the children they will play a game called "Rag Tag" while they practice saying words that rhyme with rag: snag, tag, bag.

Practice the skill within an activity
Rag Tag game (similar to Duck, Duck, Goose)

  • Have the children sit in a circle on the floor in an open space.
  • Choose one child to be "it." 
  • Let the child who is "it" walk around the circle and wag the rag, touching the other children on the shoulder with the rag and saying "rag" or "tag."
  • If the child who is "it" says, "rag," then he or she will continue on to the next child.
  • If the child who is "it" says, "tag," then he or she drops the rag behind the child who was tagged.
  • Let the tagged child snag (pick up) the rag and chase the child who is it" around the circle, trying to tag him or her with the rag before he or she sits down in the open seat.
  • Let the child with the rag be "it" and repeat the game.
  • Throughout the activity emphasize the rhyming words, and encourage the children to use rhyming words by saying phrases such as: "Who do you think you will tag with the rag?", "Wag the rag!", "Snag the rag!", "You got the rag, now go tag!"
  • Ask children what words they noticed rhymed with rag during the activity.

Apply the skill

Read a predictive, repetitive text to the children to support print awareness (see text below)

  • Display the text Rag Tag (see below) large enough for 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. 
  • Allow the children to shadow read by repeating predictable phrases after you read the text to them again.
  • Ask the children which words in the text rhyme with rag.

Practice Rhyming

  • Produce words that rhyme with rag.
  • Remind the children of the words they played with (rag, wag, snag, tag).
  • Tell them you can think of other words that rhyme with rag (bag, nag, sag).  
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with rag.
  • If a child doesn't respond within a few seconds, give him/her an option:  
  • "How about tag?  Does tag rhyme with rag?" (Nod your head yes to let the child know that they rhyme.) 
  • "Do rag and bag rhyme?" (Nod your head yes.)

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of 2 words (e.g. rag, tag)
  • Ask the children to raise their rag if the words rhyme and hide it if the words do not rhyme.
  • Repeat with other sets of words: (e.g., tag, nag; rock, sag; lag, wag; flag, flower; rag, sag).
  • If children do not respond correctly, repeat the 2 words, emphasizing the ending sounds of the words.

SEEL Target Texts

See More

Rag Tag

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.

SEEL At Home

See More

Recognize (e.g., "Do rag and tag rhyme?") and/or produce (e.g., "What rhymes with rag?") a rhyme word that ends in -ag. Point to words in a text to demonstrate print awareness.


  • Rag Tag text (see below)
  • A rag

Activity: Wag and Drag a Rag

  • Read the text Rag Tag to your child, emphasizing the rhyming words and letting your child point to each word to support print awareness. Help your child identify and underline the rhyming words (rag, tag, wag, drag, snag).
  • 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 rags 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.
  • Ask your child to think of words that rhyme with rag. If he/she doesn't respond, provide options:
    • "How about tag? Does tag rhyme with rag?" 
    • "Do rag and bag rhyme?"
  • March around the room at different speeds (i.e., fast, slow, like robots) chanting phrases with -ag rhyming words: "Wag, wag, wag a rag!" "Snag, snag, snag a rag!" "Tag, tag, tag with the rag!"
  • The activity can be repeated several times.



See More

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.