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

Lesson Plans

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


Fields of Science Quiz

Labor Day & Economics Connected

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

Labor Day & History Connected

Judge Roy Bean Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Castle Life
Florence Nightingale Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Clara Barton Reading Warm-Up
Stagecoach Mary Fields Biography: A Reading Warm-Up
Living on a Medieval Manor
Dr. Mae Jemison Coloring Page
More History Resources

Math Resources

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

Labor Day Art Activities

Choose an Occupation
Police Officer Hat
Firefighter's Hat
Make a Stethoscope
Doctor and Dentist Patterns
Fire Engine and Police Car Puzzle
Nurse/EMT Hat
Police and Firefighter Patterns
Fire Chief's Helmet
Police and Firefighter Wheel Pattern
More Art Activities

Language Arts Activities

Suggested Author Interview Questions
Be a Journalist!
The Firefighter Reading Warm-Up for Grades 1 & 2
What Do You Want To Be? (¿Qué quieres ser?)
Community Helpers Writing Activity
Transcript of Authors Live with Jerry Spinelli
Let's Write a Story
Curious George's First Day of School Teacher's Guide
A Trip to the Firehouse by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
The Gingerbread Man
More Language Arts Activities

Jobs & Careers

Community Helpers: Matching
Brainstorming About Jobs
Seven Necessary Occupations
Interviewing Successfully
Community & Careers Printables Slideshow
Favorite Labor Day Activities Slideshow, Grades K-8
Creating Your Own Career Poem
Community & Careers Printable Book (K-4)
Freddie the Firefighter
Animal Scientists Quiz
More Jobs/Careers Teacher Resources

Public Opinion Polls

Teacher Salaries
Are You Paid Enough?


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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, 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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