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One of My Favorites! The C.H.I.P. Trophy

Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students - From I Want to be a Super Teacher
I wish I could take credit for this idea, but "The C.H.I.P Trophy" was introduced to me after my first year of teaching by Kris Thurgood and Kim Christopherson, two teachers and sisters who started ilovethatteachingidea.com.

The CHIP (stands for Caring, Helpful, Independent, Polite, Person) trophy is a shrunken chip bag glued atop a red Solo cup with a label taped to the front.  Every year as I burn my knuckles smacking down shrinking chip bags in the oven, my husband wonders aloud, "Is that really worth it?"  The answer -- ABSOLUTELY!  For nine years I used the CHIP trophy and I can attest to its power.
Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students - From I Want to be a Super Teacher
After the success of the CHIP trophy, I decided to see if wearing a shrunken chip bag would also entice my students.  Yep!  Thus, the CHIP necklace was born.  This is simply a shrunken chip bag with a hole punched in it, tied with yarn. I love that third graders find these irresistible and will do almost anything to get one - including always saying please and thank you.
Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students!
When I was going to "teacher" school I remember thinking badly upon extrinsic rewards and promising myself when I was a teacher, I would help my students to be motivated just for the sake of knowing they did the right thing.  Of course, this is always a goal, but after 10 years, I've learned that chip bags work much better than feelings of moral superiority.  CHIP trophies and necklaces are here to stay.
Step by step instructions for making C.H.I.P. (Caring helpful independent polite) Awards.  Great for elementary school students - From I Want to be a Super Teacher
At a parent conference a few years ago a grandmother related how excited her grandson was to bring home his CHIP trophy, saying he was so thrilled they decided to use it as the star on their Christmas tree.  Siblings of past students relate how their brothers/sisters/friends won the trophy when they were in third grade and how the dog ate/mutilated/stepped on it and made their brother/sister/friend cry.  I often hear from parents of trying to throw away their now 14 year old child's dusty CHIP trophy, but it had to be put in the "special things" box because their teenager refused to part with it.  Thus, I will continue to burn my hands every summer as I spend  a few days using my oven as a chip bag shrinking machine. 

Try it!
1. Put a chip bag (must have a foil inside) in your oven at 250-300 degrees (you can try shrinking more than one but I suggest one to start)
2. Watch it.
3. Keep watching it.
Nothing will happen.
Then . . .
All of a sudden . . .
The corners will start to curl!
4. Get your spatula and smack the bag flat
5. Flip the bag
6.  Repeat steps 4&5 until the bag is as small as you'd like it.
7.  Let it cool, hot glue it to a SOLO cup, smack on a label (Mine say CHIP Trophy Mrs. Smith's Third Grade Class) and start rewarding caring, helpful, independent, polite people!

If anyone tries this let me know.  I swear by CHIP trophies and I hope someone else can use this great idea!
 





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10 comments

  1. I love this idea! I'm going to share it with my friends. Welcome to the blogging world.

    Michelle
    Teach123

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  2. Just the way you are dressed in the photo tells me you are a FUN teacher! I am your second follower. Keep up the good posts and followers will come. When you have time, check out my math blog as well. http://gofigurewithscipi.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm following your blog too. I love the polka dot background! I recognized your name from the TpT message boards. I always enjoy your comments and have used some of your free products in my classroom. Thanks!

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  3. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing the instructions with us. (What's a "solo" cup?)

    Tammy Aiello
    http://teachingfsl.blogspot.com

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  4. Sorry Tammy -- A Solo cup is just one of those red plastic cups you can buy at the grocery store. They usually come in sets of 25-100. I recommend using the ones without any texturing on them since the labels tend to stick better that way. I think "Solo" is the brand name. In class we just call them "red cups".

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  5. katie - such a cute and smart idea...I love it for staff or students. :o)
    Vicky
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  6. Wow, so cute! Might have to think about this for next year.

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  7. LOL...love this! Great idea...this has been added to my summer list of things to do! Thanks for sharing! :)

    ~Mimi
    5thGradeRocks5thGradeRules

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  8. Too funny! I love this idea and will give it a try!
    Thanks for sharing,

    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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