Rag Tag


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

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • rag
  • tag
  • snag
  • wag
  • drag


  • Rag 
  • Rag Tag target text 

The children will play a game called "Rag Tag" while they practice saying words that rhyme with tag, such as snag, tag, bag, and drag.

Literacy Activities
Rag Tag game (similar to Duck, Duck, Goose)

  • Have the children sit in a circle and choose one child to be "it" for the Rag Tag game.
  • Point out that rag and tag rhyme.
  • 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.
  • Have 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. 
  • Encourage the children to use words that rhyme with rag 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 the children what words they noticed rhymed with tag during the activity, supporting as needed.

More Practice
Read a rhyming text to the children

  • Display the Rag Tag target text large enough for children to 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. 
  • Help the children recognize words in the text that rhyme with tag as you read it together one more time.

Produce words that rhyme with tag

  • Remind the children of the words they played with that rhyme with rag (wag, snag, tag).
  • Ask each child to think of a word that rhymes with tag (support as needed).

Recognize rhyming words 

  • Have the children repeat a set of two 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).

SEEL Target Texts

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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

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Recognize and produce words that rhyme with tag.


  • Rag Tag target text 
  • Rags 

Activity: Rag Tag game

  • Read the Rag Tag target text to your child, emphasizing and pointing to words that rhyme with rag
  • Play a game of Rag Tag (a game for two or more players).
    • One person will be the tagger who will try to "snag" rags from the other player(s).
    • The other player(s) will tuck a rag in their waistband(s). 
    • Have the player(s) who aren't the tagger chant, "Snag the rag!" as they run.
    • When the tagger snags a rag, he or she will shout, "Tag! I have the rag!"
    • Once the tagger has snagged a certain number of rags, choose another player to be the tagger. 



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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.