If you had come to this activity you would have learned a lot of new vocabulary, especially action verbs, in the present, past and present perfect tenses. We used them in context and then yelled them at each other as the water balloons began to fly. "Don't drop it!" "Catch it!" "He missed it!" Can YOU put these verbs into the past and present perfect and spell them correctly? Bet you can't !
throw, toss, pass, shoot, catch, grab, drop, miss, hit, burst, pop
We had some phrasal verbs too: fill up, blow up, let go of. It was also interesting to see how a preposition can change the meaning of a verb as in "He threw a water balloon AT his friend." "He threw one TO his friend."
As you see in this photo, so far few of the water balloons have hit the ground.
Which team can toss them down the line the fastest?
The Free Throw Champs !
We read a story, "The History of WATER BALLOONS EVERYWHERE"
Many years ago, when we were kids, we filled up water balloons and threw them at our brothers and sisters or neighborhood friends. It was a great summer time activity that we all remember fondly. Then we grew up and became university students and serious adults. Water balloons were relegated to the distant past, something for children.
Then one day in 2011 we discovered that we could buy packages of 100 water balloons for 1 euro or less. What a find ! It was too good to be true! We'd have to create an activity for water balloons at the university. Would the serious adults and dedicated university students like to participate, or would they reject the idea saying it was just for kids? Hmmm. Let's just go ahead and see what happens.
Last spring we hosted the first UEMLAB TRACK & FIELD DAY. And among the many events was the "Water Balloon Toss". It was fun! The students like it. We liked it. The university authorities liked it. Well, we think they did. At least no one complained to loudly. So WATER BALLOON activities on campus...YES !
This September the weather is still great. It's probably going to be hot all month so we decided to play with water balloons! A class exclusively dedicated to water balloons? What an absurd idea!...No one is going to go to that class! Why not? We'll practice English, learn new vocabulary, and make new friends. I can't think of a better way to spend 50 minutes on campus, can you?
Tossing water balloons. Catch them if you can!
After the class was over....
The playground we pretty wet.......
....and so was I. Wendy
Grammar: Ooooh! A 3rd conditional:
If you had come, you would have learned...:
Si hubieras venido, habrías aprendido...
each other: uno al otro
bet: ¿a qué no puedes?, apostar
toss: tirar suavemente
shoot: lanzar, tirar
drop: dejar caer
hit: pegar, golpear
burst: explotar, romper
pop: explotar, romper
fill up: llenar, rellenar
blow up: llenar globos, explotar
let go of: soltar
so far: hasta ahora, tan lejos
hit the ground: dar al suelo
kids: críos, chavales, jovenes
fondly: con cariño
grew up: nos hicimos mayores, crecimos
What a find!: Vaya ganga!
go ahead: seguir adelante, continuar
complain-complained : quejarse
was over: había terminado
was wet: estaba mojado
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