Good morning Educators! Here is another YouTube Channel for you to use in a classroom or home school setting. New content is posted weekly.
This isn't a straight history channel, however, it does cover historical events. Their tag line is “having a bad day, look at an even worse bad day.” BadDayHQ covers historical disasters. Each episode is well written and well narrated. The creators of the channel did their research into each disaster. The channel covers a variety of topics such as sealing disasters, oil rig blow-ups, and forest fires. On top of the historic content, they have episodes on hunting legends whether it is a myth or sea monsters. There are also top ten videos featuring a variety of accidents or disasters. They also offer French language episodes too. Those would be good episodes to show in a French Language classroom that way students could learn the language better.
Not only do they do historic disasters, but they also look at crimes. They have short episodes on Crime, Cold Cases, and Scams. This channel would be a good channel to show in a forensics class if the school offers that type of class in school.
If you need a quick summary of an event, this is the channel for your classroom. The best thing about this channel is that you are not limited to a history classroom, but you can show these videos in a science classroom as well. Teachers, you should be able to find something to use in the classroom! If you do use this channel in a classroom, be sure to subscribe and be alerted to new content.
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – This was the deadliest factory fire in US history. On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There were 146 workers kills, a majority of them women. They died from fire, smoke, or from jumping to their deaths. The doors and windows were locked or nailed shut to prevent workers from leaving early. However, this proved to be deadly.
Great Lakes Storm – In 1913 a “White Hurricane” hit the Great Lakes. Lake Huron was particularly hit hard. This storm killed over 250 people, destroyed 19 ships, and caused $5 million in financial losses. Many ships went missing during this storm. The storm was a result of the convergence of two systems. This would be a good episode to show in a science classroom.
Molasses Flood – This is one of the more quirky stories from history. In 1919, a large molasses storage tank burst, and waves of Molasses poured down the streets of Boston. The molasses traveled 35 miles per hour, killing 21 people and injuring 150. For many years the survivors claimed that they could still smell molasses.
Galveston Hurricane – In 1900 Galveston Texas was hit by a devastating hurricane. 6,000-12,000 people were killed and the entire city of Galveston was leveled by the hurricane. It was at the height of vacation season when the hurricane hit. It was the deadliest hurricane in US History. The effects of this hurricane were felt up to New York. This would be a good episode to show in a science classroom.
Coconut Grove – In 1942 this nightclub was the scene of a deadly fire. This fire happened while the United States was involved in World War II. The fire killed 492 people. The building was over capacity and many exits were locked or blocked. This was to prevent people from sneaking off before they paid for their meal, however, this prevented people from escaping from the fire. The aftermath leads to new building safety standards.
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