Three Short Lessons About the Origins of Labor Day

This weekend, Labor Day weekend, is the unofficial end of summer. After this weekend nearly all students and teachers will be back in school. If you're already back in school, you and your students are probably looking forward to the three day weekend. Before you start the three day weekend, take a few minutes to ask students if they know why Labor Day exists. The following three videos explain the origins of Labor Day.

Labor Day's Violent Beginnings

Why Do Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day? - A TED-Ed Lesson

History of the Holidays: Labor Day History

Find more Labor Day resources in Larry Ferlazzo's extensive list of links.