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To underline the 40th anniversary of the Montreal Olympic Games, the “Souvenirs de 1976” exhibition presenting period javelins, videos of exploits, photos, anecdotes, etc. officially opened on Monday. Let's take advantage of this event to discover the Olympic universe, from Montreal in 1976 to Rio 2016.

“There was a great visit Monday night at the Olympic Stadium. Architect Roger Taillibert attended the official opening of an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Montreal. "

Source: Journal of Montreal

“Divided into three distinct sections in as many places, this major exhibition will bring Montreal's Olympic saga to life and relive it through videos, exclusive photos, never-before-seen artefacts, reports, anecdotes and interactive experiences. The Maison de la culture Maisonneuve and the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum join the Tour de Montréal to commemorate this unforgettable time when the metropolis made its entry among the largest cities in the world. "

Source: Olympic park


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Find out how the Olympic Games in Montreal were prepared and unfolded in 1976;
- Discover the characteristics of the Olympic stadium in Montreal;
- Compare the Olympic stadium in Montreal with another stadium;
- Identify the Olympic disciplines of the summer games as well as the athletes who will participate in the competitions in Rio this summer;
- Understand the concerns of some regarding the holding of the Olympic Games in Rio.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Montreal 1976

First, ask students if they know what year Montreal hosted the Olympics. Tell them that this year, the city is celebrating the 40th anniversary of this major event for Quebec.

To learn more about the 1976 Olympics, invite students to choose a branch from the following diagram to expand on it using the information in the articles in the "Where to Find More" section:

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ACTIVITY 2: The Olympic stadiums

Montreal's Olympic Stadium has always been a subject of controversy.
First, as a whole class, consult this infographics proposed by Le Journal de Montréal.

Next, invite students to design a quiz based on the information in the infographic. They will be able to use the medium of their choice, such as PowerPoint, tebeware, a Google form, etc.

Finally, have the students compare the Montreal stadium with another Olympic stadium shown on this Wikipedia page

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ACTIVITY 3: Rio 2016

The Rio Olympics are fast approaching.

Ask students if they plan to follow this event closely this summer. If so, how will they follow the progress of the activities in Rio? As a whole class, list the ways to follow the Rio Olympics. For example: social media, website, television, etc.

Next, have students list some disciplines that can be found at the Summer Olympics. List these sports on the board and then ask to add names of athletes who will compete in Rio. official website of the Canadian Olympic Team.

Finally, ask students if they can name any possible threats to hosting the Olympics. Just ask: what might the concerns of tourists and locals be at this important gathering?

The following links will give students some ideas:

More about the magazine

Montreal 1976
The Montreal Olympic Games page on the IOC official website

1976 Summer Olympics
Wikipedia article

Olympic reconciliation day
Le Journal de Montréal, June 6, 2016

Behind the Scenes of 1976
Le Journal de Montréal, June 14, 2016

A meeting with Roger Taillibert
La Presse, June 10, 2016

40e anniversary of the Montreal Olympics

Rio 2016
Official website of the Olympic Games

I'm going to Rio
Radio-Canada show website

Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.