Begin with a hangman game or another vocabulary game to see what airplane vocabulary they know. Pre-teach words you want to focus on in the lesson. This will vary depending on the level of your classes and the language focus you want to have for each lesson.
Design and Build.
Give the students a set time to design and build their airplanes. 4-6 minutes is usually plenty unless the students are young and learning how to make paper airplanes. This will take a lot longer with a class of 9 or 10 year-olds.
Give students a set time to design and build. Time them with a stopwatch they can see to give them a sense of urgency.
When everybody has their airplane, start the competition. Have a starting point and measure the flights.
Have students record the distances of each player or group. We will use this later in the class.
After Flying the Planes
Come back to their seats and make sure they have all of the flight records. Fill in the worksheet attached below and write comparative and superlative sentences based on the competition. Get creative as you want!
Have Fun With It
Enjoy teaching the younger ones the important skill of building the perfect paper airplane, and watch them drive other teachers crazy!
Let me know how it works for you and if you added any tricks to the lesson!
Have more time.