The year 2012 is rich in celebrating fiftieth birthdays.

The following activities are intended to be very simple, but will allow students to practice using the Internet, while reviewing their approach.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- name events or items that are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year;
- reflect on what has changed and what has remained the same for 50 years using an example from the previous objective;
- analyze its research approach on the Internet with a view to improving it for the next few times.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: 50 years ago ...

Give students a few minutes, in small groups, to search the Internet for things that happened 50 years ago. Try to get out of it as much as possible. If you have access to a computer lab equipped with an interactive whiteboard, ask the students to come and write down their discoveries as they go, so as to build a large network of ideas.

Then, group ideas with the help of the students according to criteria they have chosen (for example, political events, cultural elements, etc.)
You will find ideas at the end of this activity sheet, under the heading More about the magazine.

ACTIVITY 2: What do you notice?

Following the previous activity, ask students to verbally express what they notice about these events. What changed? What hasn't changed?
To take it a step further, you could suggest that they write a one-page journalistic report on one of these 50th birthdays to find out more, then post those articles on the class webpage or blog.

ACTIVITY 3: How did you do it?

Ask students to share how they found events to celebrate their 50th anniversary this year using the Internet. By explaining their strategies, they will be able to assess their relevance and take tips from other students to improve their skills for future research.

More about the magazine

Canadian satellite Alouette-1
50 years ago, a strange "radome" linked America to Brittany
50 years ago Nelson Mandela was arrested
The Rolling Stones, 50 years of career and maybe one last gig
50 years ago the Beatles launched Love Me Do