So, I decided to try my hand at rewriting the Standards for Mathematical Practice into student-friendly language.

Here’s the fourth installment…

### Math Tip #4: Look Beneath the Surface.

- Notice the math behind everyday life.
- Examine a complex situation. Ignore the parts that aren’t relevant.
- Pay attention to the big picture, but don’t lose track of the details.
- Make assumptions that simplify the problem.
- Express the essential truth using numbers, shapes, or equations.
- Test how well your model reflects the real world.
- Draw conclusions. Explain how your solution relates to the original situation.

Download the poster, if you like:

What do you think? Would this resonate with your students?

What changes do you suggest?

You can find the whole SMP series (eventually) under the tag: Posters.

### Want the Whole Set?

I had so much fun making these posters that I decided to put them into a printable activity guide. It includes the full-color poster shown above and a text-only version, with both also in black-and-white if you need to conserve printer ink.

I hope it helps inspire your students to deeper mathematical thinking.

Here’s the product description…

**Join the Math Rebellion: Creative Problem-Solving Tips for Adventurous Students**

Take your stand against boring, routine homework.

Fight for truth, justice, and the unexpected answer.

*Join the Math Rebellion* will show you how to turn any math worksheet into a celebration of intellectual freedom and creative problem-solving.

This 42-page printable activity guide features a series of Math Tips Posters (in color or ink-saving black-and-white) that transform the Standards for Mathematical Practice to resonate with upper-elementary and older students.

Available with 8 1/2 x 11 (letter size) or A4 pages.