Grade Levels: 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Labor Day, and addresses the standard of identifying the impact of the Industrial Revolution on economic and societal changes. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Display the word “Labor.” Ask:

  • Who do you think we honor on Labor Day? Why do we celebrate Labor Day?
  • What comes to mind when you see this word? 
  • How does labor, or work, impact your life? 


  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Pair students and have them each read one of the three Related Reading articles, then share what they learned with each other. 


Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Make a commercial/advertisement  from the perspective of a labor union organizer in the 1870s. Use evidence and examples to persuade others to join your cause.
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map that outlines the events that led to making Labor Day a federal holiday, and the effects of the new holiday. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game where players sort the causes and effects of the Pullman Strike. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the evolution of labor in America. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How has our perception of labor evolved since the 1870s? 
  • How can technological advances impact members of a society differently?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Labor Day Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Deepen understanding of the Industrial Revolution by exploringBrainPOP’s Industrial Revolution topic. 



Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments