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Paper Airplanes, YES!
Every April for several years now we have had an activity called "I can make a paper airplane, can you? This idea came from the Red Bull International Paper Airplane Competition which I'd heard about on the radio. Check out their webpage, and YES, some Spaniards were among the champions!
Most of you remember making paper airplanes as kids. Some of those planes never went far, others actually turned around and went backwards. A few, however, sped across the playground, park or garden amd almost out of sight. "Wow! that kid should become a pilot or an aeronautical engineer" thought the teacher. You just glowed in the praise, and instantly found that your standing among your childhood peer group soared!
So what is this activity all about? First we practiced making a paper figure, not an airplane. We got used to the vocabulary and giving commands, "Hold the paper horizontally. Take the upper right-hand corner and fold it ... Tear off the little rectangle..Now turn it over... Students taught each other how to make their favorite planes. Finally they all made the model I'd chosen.
"Everyone ready?" The competition began. Planes were flying around and we instantly learned a lot about aerodynamics. We learned how to make, and NOT to make a paper airplane too. Final comment: RECYCLE! Recycle paper ! Put it to good use!
check out: mirar, consultar
actually: de hecho, en realidad
turned around: dieron la vuelta
backwards: marcha atrás/hacia atrás
sped: pasado del verbo "speed"/ ir a toda velocidad
playground: el parque, zona de recreo
out of sight: fuera de vista
glowed: brillaba, relucía
standing: posición, status
peer group: semejantes, compañeros, colegas
soared: disparó, subió dramaticamente
hold; mantener, sostener en mano
upper: posición superior
fold: doblar papel o ropa etc
tear off: rasgar
turn it over: darle la vuelta
taught each other: enseñaron unos a otros