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/ LITERACY/ CIVIL RIGHTS/ HISTORY
Students encounter STEM concepts in the context of sports history:
- Physics of Baseball and other Sports (Grades 5-12)
- Mathematics and Statistics with Baseball Card Games (Grades 5-7)
- 1940’s Players’ Contracts, Major Leagues vs. Negro Leagues: Examine & Discuss (Grades 8-12)
IMMERSION 2: LITERACY/ THEATER/ MATH/ CHARACTER EDUCATION
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, Nikki Giovanni and others
- Culminating event — Student-performed spoken word show in the Museum’s 65-seat stadium-style theater.
IMMERSION 3: CHARACTER EDUCATION/ SCIENCE/ LITERACY/ THEATER/ HISTORY/ DEBATE
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 of Jackie’s running speed and timing of his slide; the angles from which the umpire made his disputed 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 Common Core Connections
Following are some of the benchmarks our programs aim to achieve. For more, contact Jenny Pollack, Education Coordinator.
The standards establish guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.
5th Grade Common Core Benchmark: 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.
8th Grade Benchmark for English Language Arts: Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
9th & 10th Grade Benchmark, 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.
6th-8th Grade Benchmark, History/Social Studies. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.