The Pennsylvania State Education Association has created an awesome website related to Labor Day. Not only is there a great, detailed overview of the history of the holiday, there are also links to other related teaching resources.
The National Education Association has compiled an extensive list of excellent Labor Day-related resources. I like that each resource has a brief description; but, I love that the activities and lessons are relevant, thought-provoking, and contextual.
The resources presented by Teaching History are perfect for students to use for independent or group research, as well as for whole group instructions. The compilation of videos, texts, quizzes and more make this an excellent tool for both reinforcing and extending knowledge. Share this page with your colleagues and your students!
Teacher Activist Groups-National has created a great and unique list of resources related to Labor Day. The activities, books, texts, and more provide a deep context into the history and evolution of labor, and economic related issues, in this country. The materials included here are varied enough that they can be used in multiple educational settings - you'll definitely want to save this page.
The lessons and activities included in this resource provided by Education World are awesome! The topics range from labor unions to child labor laws to Labor Day celebrations and traditions. This a great web page to turn to for creative and meaningful lessons related to Labor Day.
The American Labor Studies Center has compiled an amazing list of lesson plans appropriate for older students. From investigations into the need for labor unions at the turn of the century to a comparison of plantations and factories, the lesson plans included here are thought-provoking and engaging. This is one page I suggest sharing with colleagues.
This video by TED-Ed is an excellent way to provide an introduction and/or context to the Labor Day holiday. The animation is engaging and supports the narrative well. What makes this video especially appropriate for older students is the discussion of labor reforms and child labor laws. Full of information, this resource could be used in various educational settings.
The ASIDE blog provides a great collection of infographics related to Labor Day. The resources included are eye-catching, packed with information and are perfect to use for further discussion, writing assignments, and even math exploration. In addition, they are varied and cover a range of different perspectives on the holiday. I definitely recommend printing out and posting the infographics as well as bookmarking this page!