# T4T What is Math (Lesson 1 of 6)

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*Lesson Excerpt:*

**Launch:**

- Introduce the
word
.__math__

·
Say: *Learning
about math is super important because it is all around us. During our daily math time, we will learn about
math in our world, like shapes and numbers. Say: *

Present picture slides of a classroom table (square), a slice of pizza, and a clock (circle) (Activate background knowledge). Ask students to name each item. *Say: Did you know that these things we see every day can help us learn about math. *

· Watch Sesame Street: Tyler Perry and Elmo Eat Math. Have students look for the things Tyler does or says about math during the video.

After
the video, say: *Tyler does lots of
math. Let’s talk to our partners about
the things he did. When we talk to
partners, we sit “knees to knees”*.* Then, we decide who shares first. I say something, then my partner says
something. We keep taking turns until
the teacher gives a signal *(teacher models with a student).

·
Partners discuss the math Tyler does in the
video. Then, several students share with
the whole class. As students share,
generate a ** “Math is…”** chart (see right).
This chart may be displayed and added to throughout the school year.

- Explain today’s
task.

·
Say: *Just
like Tyler, we are going to find math in our world. Tyler noticed that his chips looked like
triangles. Today, I challenge you to
find items in our classroom that look like circles and rectangles.*

·
Show a picture of a circle. Show a picture of a rectangle, rotating it in
different directions so students see this is a rectangle regardless of
orientation. Post both shapes on the
board. At this point, no additional
descriptions of the shapes will be provided.
Properties of these shapes will emerge during the “Discuss” part of this
lesson.

·
Once students find objects shaped like a circles
and rectangles, they will record pictures on their *Shapes in My Space *recording sheets.