Labor Day in the U.S.A. and Canada

Labor Day.pngDo your students know why they don’t have classes on Labor Day? They may appreciate their day off more if they know the history of the holiday here in the United States. Unionizing has been in the news a lot in the United States in the past few years. This could be a great discussion topic in your classes. I hope this exercise will help generate that conversation whether it is managed as a classroom activity or assigned to the students individually.

Students working independently should click on this EDpuzzle link to watch the video about Labor Day with the accompanying oral questions. They will have to stop the video from time to time or the oral questions will overlap with the video’s audio. Next, have the students look at the questions and the directions for each on the Google Form below. Then, when they are ready, they should play the video again and answer the oral questions, stopping and starting the video as necessary or as assigned.

What Does Failure Really Mean?

Good for class discussion, research, writing, and/or oral presentations. What does failure really mean? What words do the students think are synonymous with failure?What can we learn from failure? Can we learn without ever failing? Who is Brian Acton? What was his failure? What happened to him after his “failure?” Can you name anyone else who “failed” and became, not only rich and famous but one of the world’s most influential people? Is it possible to change the way we feel about failing? Might there be a more positive way to refer to failure? Take a look at the video below, and then find out more about these “failures,” their life stories, and that of other “failures” you may be familiar with. ​Maybe after this discussion, the students can come up with a different definition of what failing really means.


Using Halloween and Disney’s Silly Symphony – The Skeleton Dance, a 1929 Disney Short, to improve language skills

1. Tell the story showed in this Disney cartoon from 1929.
2. Brainstorm 10 different verbs you can use to explain the actions in this classic cartoon.
3. List 10 different nouns that you see in this cartoon.
4. How many different adjectives and adverbs can you use to describe what you see in this cartoon.
5. What colors would you add to colorize the different items in this cartoon?
6. Write 10 different questions to ask about what you see in this video.
7. What is your favorite Disney cartoon? character? Why?
8. Have you visited Disneyland or Disney World? Write a paragraph about your visit there.
9. What do you know about Walt Disney? Do some research to tell us about his life.
10. Investigate some of the changes that have been made to the Disney Corporation since Walt Disney died, or haven’t there been any changes?