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Paper Airplanes, YES!

Wendy . Blog Published 30 April 2013

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!

- Wendy

Vocabulary:
check out: mirar, consultar
Spaniards; españoles
champions: campeones
far: lejos
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
praise: alabanzas
standing: posición, status
childhood: niñez
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

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Comments (7)
Roger Ricomà B2.T52 (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

It is fun to make airplanes but as far as I am concerned because of my low level in handicrafts it supposed my a difficult obstacle.

Ana. B2.T52 (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

No wonder that some spanish are among the champions in the Red Bull competition! ;) Seriously, it´s a great activity and as I have read in the article you can learn some usefull english expressions like tear off, turn it over... at the same time that you are having fun.

Javier (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

My paper airplanes are very good. But I can make "pajaritas", perhaps with an explanation in English....

Manolo Conradi ... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

It´s fun to make airplanes. When I was a child, I used to play with this planes in the class and it was so enjoyable. When we are older, these type of things aren´t important for us and we distracted with other things. But I would like to participate in this activity in which we can taught each other to do better airplanes!

Antonio J Quiró... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Hi Wendy! I have never listened something about this!! I think that is a very fin idea. When I was a child, I loved making paper airplanes in my class, unfortunately,my rude teacher punished me in the córner. I have to recognise that I was an experto on it but I have forgotten it. April is coming and I hope to listen about this event. Cheers!!!!

Héctor B1-M42 (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I like papers airplanes. When I was young my father taught me how to make a good paper airplane and it flew very well. Actually I make a paper airplane at home, but it is not as funny as when i was a kid.

Javier Cuadros ... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I have been seeing some videos about this topic. I really like it because it is a creative activity. Since I was a child I have done this Kind of airplanes. It is.great!

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