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Labor Day Resources for Teachers

Labor Day is celebrated each year on the first Monday in September. Recognize the hard work of Americans with these Labor Day activities, printables, and lesson plans— perfect for back to school. Students will enjoy learning about the history behind this holiday. Incorporate the many achievements of American workers into a unit on careers, inventors, history, or economics. You'll also find math printables, language arts lessons, patriotic art activities, and more!


School Jobs Crossword Puzzle
Career Words
Labor Day Activities
Labor Day Puzzle
Savvy September Sentences
Labor Day Fill-in-the-Blanks
Jobs That Depend on Other Jobs

Lesson Plans

Career Bulletin Board
What Is Child Labor?
Labor Day Newspaper
Appreciation Cards
Women and World War II


Fields of Science Quiz

Labor Day & Economics Connected

Kids at Work
Persons in the Labor Force, 1840-2005
National Labor Organizations
Mothers in the Labor Force
Leading Industries
Work Stoppages Involving 1,000 People or More
Rocks in My Pocket
Job Fair

Labor Day & History Connected

Women Inventors
The Story of Labor Day
Business Then and Now
Biographies of African-American Inventors
African-American Scientists
Bringing Science History to Life
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey
More History Resources

Math Resources

Career Survey
A Budget
Count the Objects
Brad's Earnings
Babysitting Earnings

Labor Day Art Activities

Choose an Occupation
Firefighter's Hat
Make a Stethoscope
Police Officer Hat
Doctor and Dentist Patterns
Nurse/EMT Hat
Fire Engine and Police Car Puzzle
Fire Chief's Helmet
Make a Set of Teeth
Join the Firefighters!
More Art Activities

Language Arts Activities

Suggested Author Interview Questions
Be a Journalist!
Curious George's First Day of School Teacher's Guide
The Firefighter Reading Warm-Up
Community Helpers Writing Activity
A Trip to the Firehouse by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Let's Write a Story
What Do You Want To Be? (¿Qué quieres ser?)
The Gingerbread Man
I'd Prefer... (Solving Conundrums)
More Language Arts Activities

Jobs & Careers

Community Helpers: Matching
Brainstorming About Jobs
Community & Careers Printables Slideshow
Freddie the Firefighter
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms
Community Helpers
Interviewing Successfully
Community & Careers Printable Book (K-4)
Presidents' Occupations
Occupations with the Largest Job Growth, 2004–2014
More Jobs & Careers Teacher Resources

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Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
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Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!