Labor Day, officially signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894, is celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. On this day, the country celebrates the contributions of the American worker. As your students surely know, for many people it marks the official end to summer and is celebrated with days off, parades, picnics, and the last trips of the season. Help your students transition from summer to the school year by studying this holiday all about work!
Content Collection: Labor Day
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources
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Provide an overview of the holiday and then have students work through materials that explain some of the details of the day.
Provides an overview of the meaning and purpose of the Labor Day holiday. The program explores the origins of Labor Day during the American industrial revolution and describes how Labor Day is celebrated today.
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article
The celebration of Labor Day, in honor of the working class, was initiated in the U.S. in 1882 by the Knights of Labor, who held a large parade in New York City.
Explains the process in negotiating fair wages, hours, benefits, etc.
A Look at Occupational Employment in the United States
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video [03:29]
Examines the different types of jobs people have in the United States, from the largest groups to the smallest.
Get students thinking about and debating which jobs are the most demanding, most important, or most desirable using the strategy Paper Chat – video overview (Canadian Version) / Step Inside (PDF overview) . By asking probing questions and requiring them to be discussed in this silent format, you can ignite the energy in your classroom and uncover potentially surprising opinions. Suggested questions include, What job would you least like to do? Who do you think most deserves a day off on Labor Day? What’s the best way to celebrate a day off if you want to come back to work refreshed? Post some of your students’ most interesting answers on social media using #CelebrateWithDE!