Chip Factory


Read and write words that end in –ip.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • chip
  • snip
  • clip
  • strip
  • grip
  • flip
  • rip


  • Different kinds of chips (e.g. chocolate chips, banana chips, sun chips, tortilla chips, potato chips)
  • Pattern for a chip bag
  • Paper clips
  • Paper chip strips
  • Signs: chocolate chips, potato chips, banana chips, tortilla chips, Chip Store, Ship Chips Here
  • Scissors
  • Chip clips (or paper or binder clips)
  • A Chip Factory target text
  • We Ship Chips to Chip Stores
  • Word blending cards

The children will work in a chip factory as they read and write words that end in –ip such as chip, snip, clip, strip, grip, flip, rip, ship, skip, trip, slip, and tip.

Literacy Activities
Pretend that the children are workers in an assembly line in a chip factory. Divide the children into 5 groups and have each group do the work for one step in the assembly process.

  • Make the chip bag 
    • Use the pattern below and use paper clips to keep the bottom of the bag together.
    • Write the words ‘chip bag’ on the back of the bag. 
  • Make the chips
    • Rip, snip and clip strips of chips.
    • Rip strips of scrap paper into triangles to make tortilla chips (optional).  
  • Sort the chips
    • Set up the chip signs.
    • Put the chocolate chips together under the sign ‘chocolate chips,’ the banana chips under the sign ‘banana chips,’ etc.
  • Fill a chip bag and clip it shut
    • Put chocolate chips in a chip bag; potato chips in a chip bag, etc.
    • Pretend to tip the chip bag and lose some chips.
    • Fold down the top and clip the bag shut with a chip clip. 
    • Tip the chip bag and flip it over to show that the chips will not fall out with the clip on the bag.  
  • Ship off the chips
    • Explain that the word 'ship' means to deliver.
    • Put the chip bags in a box or larger bag to ‘ship’ them off to a store.
    • Pretend to be the person who ships (delivers) the chips to a store. 
    • Tell the person who is shipping the chips to skip with the chips.
    • Tell the person who is shipping the chips not to trip or slip with the chips.
    • When the ‘work’ is finished, give the children a real chip to eat.
    • Put real chips in one of the chip bags the children made.
    • Open the chip bag and tip it so the chips slip out into a bowl.
    • Let the children hold a chip to their lips and then eat it.

More Practice

Identify, blend and manipulate sounds

  • With word blending cards, have the children make new words by changing the vowel or either of the consonants:
    • chip ship, rip lip, grip trip, clip flip
    • flip flop, ship shop, tip tap, strip strap
    • chip chin, rip →​​​​​​​ rig, tip →​​​​​​​ tin

Read target words in a text 

  • Read the target text A Chip Factory together as a class/group. 
  • Read the text again, fading support.
  • Have the children underline the words that end in –ip.

Write about the activity using target words

  • Play a ‘hot chip bag’ game with children (Similar to hot potato)
  • Have the children sit in a circle and take turns passing a chip bag while the music plays
  • As children get the chip bag, have them say a new word that ends in -ip.
  • Write each new word on the board.
  • When the music stops, the child with the chip bag has to say all the –ip words 
  • Repeat the game, but this time, have the children write each word on a piece of paper then drop each new word in the chip bag 
  • When the music stops, the child with the chip bag has to read all the –ip words in the chip bag
  • Give each child a paper and pencil and let them write words from dictation: chip, snip, clip, grip, flip, rip, ship, skip, trip, slip, and tip. 
  • Give each child a whiteboard and have them write words from dictation, changing one or two letters each time to make a new word: chip, clip, flip, flop, slop, slip, snip, ship, shop, snip, shin, pin, pit, lit, lip, rip, trip, strip. 

SEEL Target Texts

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A Chip Factory

We make chips in a chip factory.
We make lots of kinds of chips.
We make chocolate chips, potato chips, banana chips, and tortilla chips. 
We rip strips of chips.
We snip and clip the chips.
We make chip bags.    
We put the chips in the bags. 
We put clips on the bags.   
That’s how we make bags of chips in the chip factory.

We Ship Chips to Chip Stores!

We ship chips to stores that sell chips.
We put bags of chips in a big box.
Then we ship the box of chips off to a store.
When we ship chips, we take them to a chip store.
We skip as we ship the box of chip bags.
We are careful not to trip or slip as we skip.
We are careful not to trip or slip as we deliver the chips.
We get the chips to the chip store!



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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.B: Associate the long and short sounds with the common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.D: Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words. (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.)