#CelebrateWithDE – Labor Day

Celebrate the achievements of workers throughout history with resources and ideas for exploring Labor Day. Established as a national holiday in 1894, Labor Day recognizes workers and the labor movement. Today, the holiday is marked with parades, news stories, and personal celebrations on the first Monday in September.


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Content Collection: Labor Day
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Curated collection of resources about Labor Day, a holiday in the United States established in 1894 to celebrate workers and the labor movement.


Learn

Help your students understand the history and significance of Labor Day by presenting a couple of videos that review the holiday’s start. Once students have watched the videos, lead the class in a round of 3 Truths… 1 Lie to allow students to demonstrate their learning.
 
Celebrate with DE: Labor Day
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Math Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Provides an overview of the meaning and purpose of the Labor Day holiday.
 
The First Labor Day Parade
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Describes the role the Central Labor Union played in setting up the first Labor Day parade in New York on September 5, 1882 and summarizes the unsafe working conditions that existed in the U.S. during the Industrial Revolution.


Apply

Take the opportunity to encourage your students to think about different types of work and what they might enjoy. Have them pick two different jobs, research those jobs within Discovery Education, and then compare the two using the strategy Get VENN-y with It. You and your students have access to information about many careers. Here are some examples.
 
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Presents an in-depth analysis of careers related to veterinary medicine.
 
Careers in Manufacturing
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Features Alcoa president Mike Pepper answering questions about manufacturing jobs.
 
Dog Musher in Churchill Canada
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Follows a dog musher as he interacts with the dogs that work with him.
 
STEM Career Closeup: Shellfish Biologist
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Joins Laura Spencer, a shellfish biologist at Puget Sound Restoration Fund.
 

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