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Labor Day Lessons and Activities

It's easy to overlook Labor Day, in the rush of back-to-school every year. It has important civic value, though, with its roots in the U.S. labor movement. This collection offers lessons and activities to help students understand the significance of Labor Day.
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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Labor Day Lessons and Activities
  • Amelia Franz says:
    The title says it all. If you never really learned or have forgotten exactly what Labor Day means and why it was created, what better place to learn than from the US Department of labor?
  • Amelia Franz says:
    Watch a few short videos on the Labor movement with your students. Three videos are listed on this page: J.P. Morgan Battles Coal Miners in 1902, Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead Strike, and 1930s GM Sit Down Strike.
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    The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day

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    Amelia Franz says:
    Most Americans think of Labor Day as one last day of summer, but the Pullman railroad strike was a violent affair. Your students might be surprised to learn the "bloody origins" of this holiday.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This page contains links to video, audio, and text resources about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This is a transcript of a speech given by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in 2011. He argues that civics education matters, and should not be discarded in favor of high-tech STEM curriculum.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    History teacher Bill Barry explains, in detail, why labor history is an important part of American history, and why it should be included in the history curriculum.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This lesson plan from PBS organizes students into groups and requires them to negotiate demands between management and workers. I think this is a potentially great way for students to learn about labor and unions, but they will need some background information first, and it will probably take more than one class period. If you devote the time to make this activity work, I think your students would enjoy it and learn from it.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    For your students with special needs who have trouble understanding holidays, you can print out this social story ($2.00 for digital download), then laminate and bind the pages. The comments and reviews were all positive, and there are lots of other social stories also available for download.
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