Primary Math US 3B Workbook

Primary Math US 3B Workbook

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ISBN: 9789810185053
Grades: 3

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Category Description for Primary Math U.S. Edition (Gr. 1-6):

I'll admit, my initial reaction to this program was skeptical. The textbooks are thin and have a straightforward, no-nonsense appearance. Texts switch from full-color to two-toned pages after second grade, and all workbooks are printed in black and white. After spending a great deal of time evaluating the program's contents, however, my opinion has improved considerably. Primary Math uses a concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract approach to teaching. Concrete illustrations are incorporated heavily in the early grades, gradually giving way to more abstract representations so that math is learned meaningfully. The program builds strong problem solving, critical thinking, and computational skills through well-chosen practice problems.

Each grade consists of two semester sets to be completed in one year. For example, the complete first grade curriculum requires the 1A and 1B textbooks (non-consumable) and the 1A and 1B workbooks (consumable). Workbook assignments are directly correlated with each textbook. Small arrows, usually located in the lower left hand corner of a page, specify when to pause in the text and what exercise number to complete.

Brief teacher’s instructions are provided in each textbook’s preface, which I highly suggest reading. Although the pace of the course really depends on the individual student, 2-3 pages in the text is usually enough for one day’s lesson. To effectively use the textbook, the teacher should study the examples ahead of time in order to determine the best way to verbally explain a concept to the student. Teacher-student or student-student discussions are an important part of this program. Unfortunately, the text doesn’t tell you how to facilitate discussions. Fortunately, there are now Teacher Guides and Home Instructor Guides available for all levels.

Both the Teacher Guides and the Home Instructor Guides include answers to the textbook and workbook problems. Both of these publications help teachers understand the course material and provide suggestions to help you introduce concepts. As a general rule, the TGs are more oriented to the classroom while the HIGs are more geared to working one-on-one with a student. However, both provide detailed lesson plans. The TGs have daily lesson plans while the HIGs provide teaching segments indicating the number of weeks to spend per unit. A significant difference between the two is that the HIGs have a sidebar column that shows assignments complete with answers and often solutions. Assignments in the TGs are listed within the lesson plans and all answers are in the back of the book. Also included in the appendix of each are mental math worksheets and some teaching helps. Answers (but no solutions) to the U.S. edition textbooks and workbooks are also available in separate answer key booklets. For convenience, we have put together sets for each grade and semester that include the text, workbook and HIG.

TGs and HIGs both include lists of suggested manipulatives and materials. (please see our Singapore Math Manipulative category at the end of the Singapore Math section.

Extra practice sets are included in all textbooks, except first grade. These problem sets are optional and should be done only after the workbook exercises for that section have been completed. Cumulative review sections are also incorporated into the text, although not on a daily basis like Saxon. Review sections are also included in each workbook. Although these problem sets are optional, I would strongly suggest completing the extra practice. Some of the review sets are quite lengthy, and you might want to consider devoting a day’s lesson to review whenever a longer set arises. I suspect a key factor to this program’s success in Singapore is that students are both motivated and expected to practice their math skills through homework and optional problem sets use is strictly up to the teacher, although Primary Math tends to emphasize mental calculations.

While some believe that Primary Math contains “just the right amount of practice”, others believe not enough is provided. For students who feel they need more practice to really “own” a concept or skill, a variety of supplements, specifically designed to complement Primary Math, are available.

Compared to Saxon Math, Primary Math encompasses a narrower scope. While Saxon Math covers coordinate graphing, negative numbers, square roots, and probability, these topics are omitted from Primary Math and are not covered until New Elementary Math. The smaller scope, however, allows the program to emphasize the basics. Primary Math focuses on the four arithmetic operations (using whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), perimeter, area, volume, angles, quadrilaterals, symmetry, time, length, weight, money, graphs, and algebraic expressions (introduced in 6th grade). Saxon Mathmoves a bit slower introducing Algebra in Math 87. Miquon, which only covers grades 1-3, correlates very well with Primary Math.

Category Description for Singapore Math Programs:

Countries around the world first became interested in Singapore’s math curriculum when results of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) were published in 1995. Conducted by the International Study Center at Boston College, achievement tests in both math and science were administered to students in over 40 countries. Students from Singapore ranked highly in mathematics achievement: 1st in the fourth, seventh, and eighth grade levels and 2nd at the third grade level. Results for the U.S. were disappointing: 10th in the third grade, 11th in the fourth grade, 23rd in the seventh grade, and 27th at the eighth grade level. In a follow-up study in 1999, Singapore again ranked 1st in eighth grade math achievement while U.S. eighth graders ranked 19th. Although a first place ranking does not necessarily imply the best program, something about Singapore’s math program was working.

“Singapore Approach Math” is a general term referring to a type of mathematical instruction (i.e. curriculum) developed from a syllabus designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education in the 1980s. There were a number of revisions and the 3rd edition was the last edition used in Singapore. The good test scores were associated with this material and all of our Singapore Approach Math programs are based primarily on the 3rd edition although it is no longer available for sale. Components from different editions are not interchangeable but a student can move between the editions in-between levels.

Primary Math US (1-6) is an adaptation of the 3rd edition for use in the U.S. Although a small amount of content (division of fractions) from the 2nd edition was added back into the US edition, it is almost identical to the 3rd edition. The US edition adds sections for U.S. customary measurements and uses U.S. spelling and conventions. We expect this edition to be available indefinitely. ©2003

Primary Math S/E (Standards Edition) (K-6) was adapted to meet the pre-Common Core CA math standards. An additional amount of content (probability, data analysis, negative numbers, coordinate graphing) from the 2nd edition was added back in and topics were rearranged but it is similar to the US edition. Cumulative Reviews at the end of each Unit and practice sets within each unit were added. Textbooks are in color. ©2008 This edition includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math.

Primary Math CC (Common Core) (K-5) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is another adaptation of the 3rd edition. Only minor changes were made to the scope and sequence. Unit Reviews are no longer cumulative and Practices were removed although some of the content was incorporated into the lessons. ©2014 Includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math CC. This edition will be available for the foreseeable future.

Primary Math 2022 Edition (K-5) is a completely new revision retaining all the excellent teaching methods of the earlier Primary Math programs. Incorporating both cumulative assessments and challenging problem solving, mastery learning is emphasized. The scope and sequence is similar to previous editions and topics are aligned to state and national standards. ©2021-2022

New Elementary Math (7-8) is a no-frills program based on an older Singaporian program and covering integrated algebra and geometry. It’s considered a sequel to the Primary Math programs.

Math in Focus (K-8) was developed by Great Source (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in conjunction with Marshall Cavendish (the original publisher in Singapore). Although the basic instructional sequences are similar and the content is very close to the SE, material added to the most recent editions brings it into alignment with CC. Math in Focus has a more American look and “feel.” ©2010, 2014

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Love the way Singapore does math.
User on Jul 28, 2021
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Sara R on Jul 10, 2021
Love the way Singapore does math.
User on Jul 28, 2021
Next student going through this level.
Nicole M on Jul 26, 2021
School Requirement
Sara R on Jul 10, 2021
I used these with my boys and am continuing to love them with my daughter.
Carrie H on Jun 30, 2021
These are my favorite math books for elementary ages.
Joeann F on Mar 17, 2021
We love Primary Mathematics for our whole family. It is easy to follow and my son that will begin this soon is a hands on learner. This program has great manipulatives that we have added throughout the years that help with this.
Nicole J on Mar 5, 2021
great workbook, the visual explanations are so helpful in learning the concepts
Mary H on Feb 12, 2021
We have been working through Primary Mathematics and its time for the next level. Love Singapore math.
Monica D on Jan 17, 2021
Singapore Math is the curriculum I use with my children. I like the approach Singapore takes focusing on mental math while mastering each skill.
Emily F on Jan 5, 2021
We have used Singapore Math US edition starting with Level 1A. It's been a great fit for my son and easy for me to teach. Love the simplicity of the lessons and my son likes that the workbook exercises include puzzles to solve instead of just straight problems to work. Highly recommend!
Amy P on Jan 4, 2021
Same edition as I have used in the past, so I can use the textbook for this which I have on my shelves. It doesn't need updating. It is solid and well-designed. <br />I REALLY get frustrated with curriculum that comes out with new editions every couple of years when the updates are merely cosmetic.
Mary Beth F on Dec 16, 2020
Singapore Math has worked well for us.
Jennifer M on Nov 17, 2020
Primary Mathematics is the best Math program for me and my child. He is good at math and picks it up quickly, Primary math doesn't do a ton of repetition and allows him to work ahead at a pace that is comfortable. I am also good at math so I don't need a lot of direction to teach him, this just helps me stay on track.
Becky C on Sep 19, 2020
Been using Singapore Math now for two kids. Love it. Very thorough. At times a bit much, but it's easy to skip over the parts that seem like overkill.
TexasMatt on Sep 14, 2020
great math course, in stock here and free shipping
Rob W on Jul 30, 2020
i bought the other edition from the website before
?? ? on Jun 6, 2020
I can not say enough good things about Primary Math. This is my third homeschooler but my first to use Primary Math. We started in Kind. and have loved this math curriculum. She is a great math student and I attribute that to her curriculum.
Kristy B on Jun 3, 2020
Chose this program to continue children's 3rd grade math year.
Cindy R on May 4, 2020
Required books for Singapore Live and part of the regular US Primary Math curriculum.
LAURA E on Apr 23, 2020
We have used Singapore for 5 years and have had excellent results.
Genevie D on Apr 23, 2020
My 2nd child is continuing her Singapore Math journey. We love Singapore Math's focus on conceptual math and mental math strategies.
Engela V on Apr 22, 2020
We've used this series of math for our 2nd-6th grade very successfully - cheap and easy to use. Highly recommend!
Kristy D on Apr 14, 2020
I have used the Singapore Primary Mathematics series for many years. In my opinion, it is the best one out there. I love that it teaches the child how to think through an equation, teaching them how to work many out in their heads. It also doesn't hurt that my children have always seemed to like doing their math, for the most part, using this series.
Heather S on Mar 31, 2020
My child just completed Book 2
YUHSUAN L on Mar 26, 2020
I used it with my other kids and it is great
joseph r on Mar 18, 2020
We love this math program!
elizabeth s on Mar 13, 2020
Singapore math is the best math curriculum. I have used it in my homeschooling for over 14 years.
Alex T on Mar 11, 2020
We have loved all of the Singapore US Edition text & workbooks... and it's time for us to "level up" to 3B! We're excited!
Alicia C on Jan 22, 2020
Singapore has been a favorite math curriculum in our household!
Audrey S on Oct 15, 2019
to be used in school classroom.
Chris R on Aug 12, 2019
our core math for my 4th grader
Suzanne S on Jun 24, 2019
Been using Singapore for 2, going on 3 years. Excellent curriculum.
Kelly S on Apr 23, 2019
Very impressed with Singapore Math for my younger children! Straightforward, practical real world learning and it is fun! The short pages of work do not burn out my children but this program gives a good foundation for moving into Saxon at the higher levels.
Shelley S on Mar 7, 2019
I've been through several math programs trying to find one that fit my kids' different learning styles. This one does it!
Amanda L on Jan 21, 2019
We have been using this series for 7 years and this is the third child using it
Wendy N on Jan 18, 2019
We've been really happy with primary math and have been using it since kindergarten.
Hannah H on Jan 14, 2019
Highly recommended
Ronnie S on Jan 7, 2019
This is a challenging and thorough curriculum.
Danielle P on Dec 19, 2018
We love Singapore Math. This is our 4th year using their curricula, and I could not be more pleased with it.
Danielle W on Nov 15, 2018
I've used it in the past with 3 of my kids and I have 3 more to go.
Rebecca K on Nov 13, 2018
This type of math works best for my children. It’s logical and simply explained for each lesson. Highly recommend!
James M on Oct 22, 2018
We use singapore in our primary and elementary grades, so this is just the next level for my third grader. I like the mastery, unit based teaching of Singapore and feel my kids have solid foundational math skills.
Denise H on Aug 29, 2018
Love Singapore Math.
Katrina B on Aug 24, 2018
As a math educator, I love using the singapore primary mathematics curriculum while homeschooling my children. It explains the math concepts in more than one style. My childrens learning styles are very different, but each has learned from this curriculum.
Natalie K on Aug 9, 2018
We used Singapore Math for second grade and loved it, so we are moving on with the third grade book this year!
Hope P on Aug 8, 2018
I love the way Singapore works mental math into their curriculum!
Amy M on Aug 8, 2018
we've used Singapore for our elementary students for years - now buying for our 4th child & love it!
User on Aug 7, 2018
This is the math program I have used for other children and this is the workbook I need
Sarah R on Jun 13, 2018
We are returning my daughter to Singapore math after taking a year off with another curriculum. I love the emphasis on mathematical thinking and problem solving in the Singapore Primary Mathematics curriculum.
Amanda L on Jun 2, 2018
I love Singapore math!
Elizabeth K on Mar 27, 2018
Next student going through this level.
Nicole M on Jul 26, 2021
I used these with my boys and am continuing to love them with my daughter.
Carrie H on Jun 30, 2021
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I am not a fan of this math curriculum. It is a bit confusing. We are using it but as a supplement.
November 6, 2015
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