Workplace Expectations

Learning Goal:

    • Students will understand the history behind labor laws in the U.S.

    • Students will be familiar with major labor laws and acts

    • Students will understand what is covered by the FLSA

    • Students will be familiar with child labor laws

    • Students will understand their rights/responsibilities as an employee

    • Students will understand employer responsibilities

    • Students will be able to identify various types of workplace discrimination

    • Students will be able to identify various workplace hazards

    • Students will ...


Intro to Worker Injuries

Discuss the following questions with someone close by.

    • What are ways you might be hurt on the job?

    • Who is responsible for workplace injuries?

    • What is an example of workplace discrimination?

Be ready to share.

Labor Laws History

In class, we'll watch the above videos on the history of labor laws. It's easy to take the protections we have today for granted and important to remember why they are there. We will also check out the video on The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. As we watch the videos, use the included Jamboard to take down a few key takeaways (text or visuals). Be ready to share.

Use this timeline from the Dept. of Labor to discover:

    • Two labor laws/acts & their years

    • Two important people & their contributions with years

Work with one other person and add your information (your own words) to this collaborative page. Be ready to share.

Labor Laws in the US

In class, we will explore important labor and workplace laws. Using the links below, we will do some research on the following acts.

Team up with two or three (large classes) other people. We will break the laws up among the teams. Use this collaborative page and complete the following:

    • Describe the act (in your own words).

    • Who or what does it protect?

    • Find an example violation of this act.

      • Try searching '_______ violation'

    • Use visuals

Be ready to share/teach your act/s with the class.


Know Your Rights: FLSA


In class, we will be looking at your legal rights as a non-adult worker. The focus is on child labor laws, but other components of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are covered as well. We'll look at this document that covers key points to remember when talking about labor laws.

According to the Talking Safety curriculum, child labor laws protect teens, ages 14 through 17, from working long or late hours, and they make it against the law for teens to do certain dangerous tasks. Health and safety laws protect all workers, including teens, from job hazards.

Use your research skills to see if you can answer these questions taken from Talking Safety:

    • “What is the minimum wage in our state?

    • Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

    • “How many teens are injured or killed on the job in the United States each year?”

    • Every year, nearly 37 teens, ages 14 through 17, die from work injuries in the United States. Close to 60,000 get hurt badly enough that they go to a hospital emergency room.

    • “Which agency can you call to report a health and safety problem on your job?”

    • Contact OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). You can find your local office by calling 1-800-321-OSHA or visiting

Read through this Know Your Rights fact sheet and create a mind map (eg. Coggle or popplet or something else) with at least 12 key points that you learned. Include at least two points from each page. Add it to this collaborative page. We will also discuss it together as a group. CHANGE?? GIFF ANIMATION DOC FROM DL??

We will play a game (download open w/ PP) to review and reinforce this information. Break into teams of two to five and pick a team name (4 or less Fall 2019). We'll talk about the rules from this link (no stealing, move to next team after a correct answer). We'll use this document to keep score. CHANGE SCORING?? MAYBE TURN IT INTO A KAHOOT OR QIZZIZ?? Use this link to respond to individual questions.

We'll also review the main points and the end of the presentation.

We'll look at some key points from this MN Dept. of Labor & Industry site (hours of work for sure).



The Challenge - World Labor Laws & Beyond

Use your critical thinking and creativity skills to complete this project.

Young Worker Toolkit


We have taken a high-level look at our state's child labor laws, but now you will focus in, based on your interests. Choose one of the Child Labor Fact Sheets listed on this page. Use the information on the fact sheet to create an infographic with the important facts and data. The infographic should be visually engaging and informative. Include five pieces of information from the fact sheet you chose.

Add your infographic to this collaborative page. Be ready to share. FALL 2019 - Work with one or two people.



Employee & Employer Rights & Responsibilities

We will use these links to review your rights as a worker, your responsibilities, and employer responsibilities.

In groups of four or less, you will plan a skit that demonstrates one of your rights or responsibilities as an employee (you will randomly be given a situation to act out). To help improve our skits, we will review some guidelines on improv. Keep your skits APPROPRIATE!

Alternate | Search the EEOC's Virtual Newsroom to find an interesting case related to the rights/responsibilities we covered. Add the following information to a Google Document and show me when you are finished. Be ready to discuss what you learned.

  • Provide a brief summary of the case you explored (who was involved, what was the situation, etc.).

  • Which of the rights/responsibilities we covered is involved in this case? Explain.

  • How could this situation have been avoided?



know the rules

Work Free of Discrimination

We are going to dive into the different types of discrimination that are protected in the workplace. We'll start off by taking a quiz on Socrative (use the link to go to my room and enter BRAINERDA220) to test what you already know. CHANGE TO KAHOOT OR QUIZZIZ SKIP F21

We will watch this video (parts one through four) that demonstrates different types of discrimination. As we watch the video, sketchnote (visual note taking) the main ideas and takeaways using one of the tools from the Sketchnoting & Drawing Tools section of this page.

Add your sketchnote to this collaborative page. Here is a good example.

The Challenge - Discrimination Visual 15 pts

Larger classes will team up with one other person (two if needed). You will take a closer look at one type of discrimination and share what you learned with the class. Here are the types of discrimination we will look at:

Use the links above and other resources to find the following information:

    1. Explain your type of discrimination

    2. Four or more facts about your type of discrimination

    3. Find a real-world example of your type of discrimination (search the news)

Choose your medium. Use one of the tools below to create a visual that includes the information you found. The visual should be informative and visually appealing. You will share/teach your visual and the information you found with the class. CHANGE TO POSTER??


Show me your completed visual for credit. Add your visual to this collaborative page. Be ready to teach the class.

We'll look at this video below, which demonstrates at least three forms of the discrimination above.

Worker Injuries & Workplace Hazards

Workplace Hazards Key Points:

    • Obvious hazards vs unseen hazards (eg. blade vs stress)

    • Immediate vs delayed injury (eg. hot grease vs noise)

    • What is susceptibility? What is severity? How do they relate to workplace hazards?

    • All workplaces have hazards

We'll look over these two (Young Workers --> Non-Ag --> Age) links (Hazards) to get an overview of workplace hazards we should be aware of. What items stick out on the second link?

banana slip
gas mask

We will go through this presentation (present with PearDeck) to take a closer look at identifying and preventing hazards. We will also use this Talking Safety Hazard Hunt activity.

The Challenge - Hazard Map 15 pts


Form your team for three or four. Each group will take a different type of workplace and draw a hazard map. Draw a simple floor plan showing a typical workplace of that type. Mark the location and type of hazards that may be found in that workplace. You could choose a fast food restaurant, grocery store, office, gas station, swimming pool, coffee shop, or something else.

Use Google Drawing or another tool to create your hazard map. The floor plan should show rooms, work areas, furniture, equipment, work processes, doors, and windows. Use the following color code to reinforce the categories of hazards.

    • Red to show safety hazards

    • Green to show chemical hazards

    • Orange to show biological hazards

    • Blue to show other health hazards

hazard map example

You will explain and present your hazard map to the class. Add your map as an image to this collaborative page. Show me when you are finished for credit.

Worker Injuries

As a class, you will create a workplace injuries video playlist. Look over the videos on this page. Choose a video that looks interesting to you and one you feel would be valuable to watch as a class (short - medium length). Don't choose the same video as someone else. Add your choice to this collaborative page. Larger classes will watch a selection of the videos (chosen randomly).

As we watch the videos, sketchnote (visual note taking) the main ideas and takeaways using one of the tools from the Sketchnoting & Drawing Tools section of this page. Add your mind musings to the same collaborative page.

first aid

Basic First Aid

Gaining knowledge about basic first aid can help make the workplace safe for you and others. We will look at this link which covers the first steps we should take. Here is one tragic example of why step one on the previous link is so critical.

Do you have a mind palace? Together in class, we will check out the first part of this video (0 - 1:45 & 6:25 - 6:36 ) on how to improve your memory.

The Challenge - Basic First Aid Visual/Story 10 Pts

Now that we have a better memory, we will use it to remember basic first aid treatments. Team up with two or three people. Each team will be given a first aid scenario from this link (randomly select students, first come first serve). Use the information from the site and the mind palace technique to create a visual (G Drawing, G Slides, G Docs, infographic, other, etc.) with two parts. Part one, write a one-paragraph (min) story describing how someone fell victim to your situation in the workplace. Part two will be to use the mind palace technique to help us remember how to treat that injury/situation. Remember the key is to use extreme or extraordinary visuals/situations. Your visual should include media.

Show me your finished visual with both parts for credit and add it to this collaborative page. Groups will be randomly chosen to share.

This might be a simplified example for frostbite (you can't choose this situation). You will build in the visuals.



Part 1 - Story

Turkish is late for work again. He runs outside to his car only to be hit by a wall of freezing wind and snow. He has a twenty-minute commute to work and no time to run back inside for warmer gear. "The car is warm, it will be fine," he thinks to himself. Five minutes into his drive, the rattle coming towards the back of the car makes him nervous. After another five minutes, he is stuck on the side of the road. With an hour's walk in front of him, he regrets forgetting his phone at home today. By the time he gets to work, really late, his fingers are completely numb and pale looking. He makes a mental note to look up frostbite over his dinner break.

Part 2 - Treatment

Put a person with frostbite in a giant (pool sized) cup of warm/hot tea. As they lay on a giant tea leaf floating in the liquid, covered from head to toe in a fuzzy red Mickey Mouse blanket, the steam will gently warm their body. They will sip the warm tea from a very long straw.