I don’t know about you, but I feel like if the students are given a day off for a holiday that I am obligated to do a little mini lesson on. But Labor Day, what do you say without getting into a big old Community helpers unit? And so here are some ideas for Labor Day for Kindergarten that are quick, easy, and relatable for your little people. (There is a freebie too all the way at the bottom.)
All good lessons start with some good literature right?
We all have a ton of books on community helpers, but here are two newer ones you may not have seen. These books can be ordered using Amazon or you can see if your school or local library carries them.
Clothesline Clothes for Jobs People Do. This book is perfect for talking about careers. It shows a workers clothes on a clothes line, gives a clue in the text (that rhymes), and then shows that job in action. It’s a great book because it not only supports the topic, but it also has rhymes and some of the text is very simple so the kids can read on their own.
Show Me Community Helpers. This book is an encyclopedia jobs made especially for kids. Each occupation has lots of pictures showing what they do and the sentences are simple (too hard for our kids read independently, but still simple.)
Videos on Community Helpers (Not Just Specific Jobs)
There are lots of full videos on specific occupations, but I wanted to show some quick videos for your mini lesson and not really go too in depth for each job. (We found 0 Labor Day videos that were appropriate for our little people.)
Sesame Street: Who are the people in your neighborhood? (4:26)
You two the song. You will watch it and be singing it the rest of the day. “They are the person that you meet each day.”
Jobs Song (2:01)
This is an upbeat song about several jobs a person can have and a short little rhyme about what each does. It jumps right into the jobs, so you may want to preface this with some talk about Labor Day.
Berenstain Bears On The Go
(Fast forward to 12:09 and it’s about 14 minutes)
The Berenstain bears are given an assignment to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. Some bears know what they want, and others have to walk around the neighborhood to get some ideas. A great video about careers using characters kids already know and love.
And a Free Writing Activity
And then we do a little writing. This is where the freebie is for you. I love talking about vocabulary with kids. And so we have this vocabulary page followed up by simple story. This item is free in our Teachers Pay Teachers store. (PS – fireman now says fire fighter – because girls can be fire fighters too!)
Hopefully you got some fun ideas to talk about for Labor Day. Let us know in the comments how you talk about Labor Day with your little people.