Labor Day Lesson Plans: Teach Your Students the Value of Unions!

How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, workers’ rights and workplace safety, particularly in the United States?

As the American Federation of Teachers celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, Share My Lesson curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help you explore the role of labor unions with your preK-12 students.

Take a closer look at how labor unions strive to address fairness and dignity in the workplace, and help your students explore some of the social justice issues unions have fought for.


Rights of Workers (MS & HS)

Human Rights: Sweatshops (HS)

The Yummy Strawberry Company (K-2)

Let Me Tell You About This Man: Cesar Chavez (3-5)

…more lesson plans for Labor Day (K-12)


These lessons brought to you by AFT’s Share My Lesson, a FREE resource for teachers made by teachers.