History of Labor Day: Engaging Presentation & Trivia Game



Help your students learn about the history of Labor Day in the United States with this engaging Google Slides presentation plus self-grading trivia questions! This is an interactive activity that will help your students learn about the Labor Movement, Gilded Age, and Progressive Era, and why we celebrate Labor Day in America.

If you are a history teacher, this activity can be used just before or after the Labor Day festival, or it can be used with a unit on the Gilded Age or Progressive Era. This activity also works with other classes that want to take a day to understand the holiday.

As a busy and dedicated teacher, it can be difficult to create a quality lesson in a short period of time. Have no worries, this presentation and trivia is not only useful and relevant but also a lot of fun! This a great way to learn about the history of Labor Day.

This Google Slides presentation and trivia will teach your students about the difficult working conditions of the 1800s which led to the growth of unions, protests, strikes, and finally the creation of Labor Day by President Cleveland.

Students will go away laughing. All the content they learn on the first 20 informative slides will be tested in a fun trivia game. There are a total of 12 trivia questions.

This lesson doesn’t just work for history class… it works for EVERY class! Whether you are teaching Geography, English, … any class, you can use this to help your students learn about this federal holiday.


It is easy to use. All you have to do is click on the linked file, hit “present,” then go! You could use each slide as a basis for further discussion and instruction as well.


This lesson is also great for distance learning. Send the link to students and they can learn the content and try to answer the questions at home.


To see a video preview of this activity, click here: Labor Day Video Preview


How to Use (in the classroom)

  1. Click on the link
  2. Hit the “present” button in the top right-hand corner
  3. View and present slides 1-25 (this teaches about the history of Labor Day)
  4. Trivia questions begin on slide 26; students select the answer (It’s really fun and includes sounds!)
  5. If students get the answer incorrect, they can press the back button and go back to the question
  6. If they get the answer correct, they press the button and go to the next question


Also, if you lose your place or want to play again, there is a button in the lower right corner that will take you back to the beginning of the game. If you don’t like the sounds (which you will because they are great!), you can just turn down the volume on your computer.


You can do this as a class, or put the students in small groups, or students can do it individually in the classroom or at home.


Alternative Use Cases (distance learning)

Send the link to your students at home; students try to answer the questions. Make sure students can only view (not edit) and remind them to click the “present” button. You could also use present this to students on Zoom and share your screen.

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

PowerPoints, Google Slides


History of Everything, Festivals


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