5th-12th Grade School Visits
At YBMLC Learning is Fun and Interactive
The extraordinary life of Yogi Berra is rich with educational opportunities for young people. The Museum’s education focus is to promote the values that made Yogi a national treasure — respect, excellence, perseverance and teamwork — through interdisciplinary and series programs that weave together the following content areas:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
- Literacy, Spoken Word & Theater
- Character Education, Civil Rights, History & Debate
Our hands-on, interactive 2.5-hour field trips for middle and high school students include:
IMMERSION 1: STEM
Students encounter STEM concepts in the context of sports history:
- Physics of Baseball and Other Sports Using Radar Technology
- Mathematics and Statistics with Baseball Card Games
- Examine and Discuss Why Numbers are important in Sports — What kind of characteristics (besides athleticism) determine becoming a really good player?
IMMERSION 2: LITERACY
Students develop, draft and perform original poetry/hip hop pieces exploring:
- Yogi-isms(e.g, “It ain’t over til it’s over;” “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”)
- Haiku, iambic pentameter, counting rhythms in contemporary rap (Kendrick Lamar, Mos Def, etc.)
- Poetry of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and others
- Culminating event — Student-performed spoken word show in the Museum’s 65-seat stadium-style theater.
IMMERSION 3: CHARACTER BUILDING
Students learn about an extraordinary friendship between two icons, Yogi & Jackie Robinson, examining:
- Footage of the well-known but controversial call of Jackie stealing home during Game 1 of the 1955 World Series (Yankees vs. Dodgers.) The umpire called Jackie “Safe!” but Yogi objected that Robinson was “Out!”
- The science and math of Jackie’s slide, the height of the umpire and angle from which he made the call;
- Students compose dialogue to flesh out the historic scene and perform as players and broadcasters, discussing and debating the iconic moment: Was Jackie safe or out?
In line with the values that he stood for, Yogi always meant for his museum to have an impact on all kids, regardless of their social or economic backgrounds. In support of this legacy of acceptance and inclusion, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center holds a policy that no school or group will be turned away by an inability to pay for our programs. Our education programming is therefore offered at low cost for all students in grades 5-12.
**NJ State Standard Connections. Following are some of the benchmarks our programs aim to achieve taken from NJ State Standards in Science, Math, and ELA, as well as for literacy in History/Social Studies. These standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.
MS-PS2-3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE, GRADE 5.
Asking Questions and Defining Problems. Asking questions is essential to developing scientific habits of mind. Even for individuals who do not become scientists or engineers, the ability to ask well-defined questions is an important component of science literacy, helping to make them critical consumers of scientific knowledge. We pose such questions as “What is Kinetic Transfer of Energy?” and “Why is it vital for a baseball pitcher?” “What is a pitching ‘stride’ and how do we calculate it?”
MS-PS2-1 MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE, GRADES 6-8.
Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. “What happens when a ball collides with a bat?” Or any ball in any sport collides with another object?
NJ STATE STANDARDS OF LEARNING in MATH, GRADE 5
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division. Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. In our Math program we ask students of all ages to practice games in probability – what is the likelihood that something will happen? (E.g., that a batter will hit the ball?) Where do batting averages come from and how do we calculate them?
ELA-LITERACY.W.8.2.D, GRADE 8
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. What are the specific details of your life that make you who you are? How can we connect them to Yogi Berra’s famous “Yogi-isms” and his playfulness with language? How does rap and poetry expand vocabulary and/or explain a topic?
ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C10, GRADE 9 &10
Speaking & Listening. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions. Why was Yogi Berra’s friendship with Jackie Robinson considered unlikely? How did Jackie and Yogi affect civil rights change some 15 years before Martin Luther King became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement?
HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES, GRADE 6-8
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts. How can a famous moment in baseball history be understood or explained through photos, videos and graphs?
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, GRADES 11 & 12
Reading (Craft & Structure)
NJSLSA.R6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Production & Distribution of Writing
NJSLSA.W5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
NJSLSA.W6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
“Many of our 8th graders really needed practice in Language Arts so the Immersion 2: Literacy, Spoken Word and Math program was perfect for us. Every kid left with two written pieces — a spoken word piece and a haiku. Furthermore, they were able to share a small portion of their lives with their peers, so we learned to be more accepting and tolerant of each other — and we had a fantastic time!”
— Nejuwah Singley, 8th grade Math & Spoken Word Teacher, Sussex Ave School, Newark, NJ
— Kelly McCabe, Math Teacher/Baseball Coach, Bristol Central High School
— Dana Falcicchio, Dean of Discipline/5th Grade Teacher, Academy of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
— Gretchen Minadeo, 6th Grade Math Teacher, Charles J. Riley School #9, Paterson