Remembering Yogi Berra in the Classroom

     Yogi Berra, the famous New York Yankee baseball player from the 1950’s died recently leaving many people who loved him feeling his loss to both the game of baseball and to our American way of life.
     When he was alive, “Yogi-isms,” or things he said to describe how he felt, became famous.  Baseball fans and many others, when they couldn’t find a better way to explain how life was treating them, would quote Yogi.
     While some of his sayings are a little confusing and you might even have to stop and think for a second to guess what Yogi meant when he said them, repeating them makes us feel just a little better when we are frustrated or upset.
     Yogi loved children. He and his wife raised three boys.  Two of them played professional baseball like their father and a third son played professional football.  

     So, in honor of the great Yogi Berra who passed away on September 22, try out some "Yogi-isms" with your students. Use them as a fun journal warm up.  Choose one and have students figure out the humor/irony/meaning behind his quote.  Have them choose their favorite "Yogi-ism" and explain why they like it.  Or, just have some fun with your class, reading them aloud. For example, one of Yogi’s favorite sayings and one he probably said to his sons many times was, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” Yogi meant it’s good to plan and dream about your own life. Ask your students what their dreams are and how they plan to realize them. Where do they want to go?

Here are a few more to share with your students:
For math class, try these:
"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I am not hungry enough to eat six."
"Pair up in threes."

Prefixes, Suffixes/Synonyms/Vocabulary
"He hits from both sides of the plate.  He's amphibious."
"I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did."
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"If you can't imitate him, don't copy him."

More great Yogi-isms:
"It ain't over til it's over."
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."
"The future ain't what it used to be."
"Half the lies they tell me aren't true."

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