Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-B Worktext (Colored Version)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-B Worktext (Colored Version)

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Item #: 042595
ISBN: 9781942715054
Grades: 2

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The four main areas of study for second grade are:

  • Understanding of the base-ten system within 1000. This includes place value with three-digit numbers, skip- counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens, and ones (within 1000). (chapters 6 and 8);
  • Develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 100, including solving word problems, regrouping in addition, and regrouping in subtraction (chapters 1, 3, 4, and 8);
  • Using standard units of measure (chapter 7);
  • Describing and analyzing shapes (chapter 5).

Additional topics we study are time/clock (chapter 2), money (chapter 9), introduction to multiplication (chapter 10), and bar graphs and picture graphs (in various chapters).

Category Description for Math Mammoth:

Theres a whole lot to like about this well-conceived and inexpensive math program. The main features of this program, according to author Maria Miller, are:

  • Focus is on conceptual understanding rather than rote problem-solving
  • Teacher instructions are right in the book; no need to buy a separate teacher book
  • Clear explanations are written for the student, so the lessons are virtually self-teaching
  • Lessons use lots of visual and pattern exercises
  • Mastery oriented:concentrates on each topic for a long time studying fewer topics per grade than with spiral
  • Emphasis is on mental math and number sense
  • Very little teacher preparation is required
  • Content aligned to Common Core Standards

These are all valid claims and sum up this approach nicely. Its linear approach is similar to that of the MCP Math program. Topics are introduced, studied in depth, then the student proceeds to the next topic. Visually, it reminds me of Developmental Math because of the extensive use of pictorial representations. Users posting online have compared the course to Singapore Math, but I don't really see much similarity. While they both emphasize conceptual learning and mental computation skills, Math Mammoth has a much more traditional feel. A distinguishing feature of this program is the authors amazing ability to simplify and clarify math processes so children can understand them easily. Even in printed form, this course is the easiest on the budget using a strictly by-grade comparison. And for those purchasing the complete program on CD (or download), the savings are even greater. Imagine getting a complete, masterfully taught math curriculum for grades 1-7 for less than $150. I would call that frugal and smart.

Each Grade Level Set consists of four components: Student Workbooks A & B, an (optional) set of Tests and Cumulative Reviews, and an Answer Key containing answers to both workbooks and tests. Currently, we carry the curriculum in print format or CD format by the grade level, Grades 1-3 and 4-7 combined on CD, and the entire course on CD. The course is also available as a download (go to site) for slightly less than the CD price. Both download and CD have colored student pages. All grade levels of printed materials are now available in your choice of black and white or color. Currently, the CDs also include bonus software, Soft-Pak - for Windows only (math, language arts and testing).

Student Workbooks A and B for each level have varying numbers of chapters, each focusing on a math topic. These are sometimes very broad. For example, one very large chapter (68 pages!) in Worktext 4-B is simply titled, “Division”. It reviews division, and then covers every facet of fourth grade division. Since division skills are being built step-by-step throughout the chapter, there’s really no need for review or testing until the end; but it does make for a long teaching unit. Each chapter begins with a short introduction. This is where you will find any teacher instruction for the chapter, including background information, strategies and ideas for teaching lesson concepts, a summary of lessons by title (including number of pages for each), and a list of Helpful Internet Resources for further exploration, practice and enrichment. If the chapter is on a skill introduced in a previous grade, the skill is reviewed before the new material is introduced. Lessons each include a complete explanation of each skill being taught, numerous examples and models (many visual) to help students understand the concepts behind the math, and a reasonable number of problems for students to work to ensure comprehension.

The lessons vary from 1-5 pages each. For planning, the author suggests simply dividing the number of pages in each book by the teaching days rather than planning to teach a lesson a day. This would generally mean covering 1-2 pages a day depending on grade level. After the last lesson in each chapter there are one or two reviews. Chapter tests are contained in the separate Tests and Cumulative Reviews Book, as are cumulative reviews (taken upon completion of each worktext chapter) and a comprehensive test for the grade level. A nice feature is the inclusion of grading instructions and scales. If remediation is indicated, the author provides a website (www. for additional math worksheets by grade level and skill. Worksheets are randomly generated within your provided parameters, so each is different.

Use the Skills Review Workbooks books alongside the Math Mammoth curriculum to review concepts that are being taught. Each book is divided into chapters that correspond with the curriculum chapters. These workbooks are optional, and are intended for those who want a spiral review. Each review in the workbook is one page in length and includes a variety of math exercises. Students might write math equations, color pictures, or solve puzzles to put their math skills to the test. Some children require more practice than others, so use only the review pages you need. Skills Review Workbooks are printed with color for a little more visual appeal, and the number of reviews vary from book to book. Answer Keys are a separate book and are also printed in color.

As mentioned briefly before, I find the author’s teaching methods very solid, efficient, and effective. Her goal is to imbue the student with an understanding of the concepts in math rather than just how to solve problems and this is evident in her instruction. She consistently shares strategies, “tricks” and revealing insights into the mysteries of math, essentially putting a teacher right on the page. An example is in teaching beginners to add numbers with sums greater than 10. She tells students that when adding 9 to a number, the 9 “really wants to be a ten”, so you should take one from the other number to make it a ten, and then add the rest. I have seen few other curriculums (see Miquon Math) that teach students alternate, flexible ways like this to approach operations. Another feature I liked in the book was using gridded workspaces for solving problems. Especially for students just starting to use multiple-digit operations, it’s helpful to get them in the habit of keeping answers neatly aligned in columns. I also like the scale problems in Grade 4’s multiplication and other chapters. These are much like the ones in CTP’s Balance Math program and very effective for understanding how equations work. There’s also a healthy balance of word problems in the lessons with realistic, practical contexts. The geometry sections are particularly good, too, with ample hands-on work. The author even includes printable manipulatives for constructing your own geometric solids.


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Simple and effective :-)
Holly S on Jun 5, 2023
We love this curriculum! It's so easy to open and go.
WHITNEY N on Nov 23, 2022
Simple and effective :-)
Holly S on Jun 5, 2023
My son is finishing up the 1-B series and ready to move ahead
Sharon D on Nov 28, 2022
We love this curriculum! It's so easy to open and go.
WHITNEY N on Nov 23, 2022
Used Math Mammoth for 1st grade and like it. Sometimes we cross out some of the problems because it tends to have more problems than other math curriculum. However, we still like it because it has very good instructions on how to complete the math. It's also self taught, though at this you age, some guidance is still needed.
Shell T on Jul 31, 2022
We used Kindergarten and First Grade Math With Confidence, but then transitioned to Math Mammoth 1B. By doing one review problem, one arithmetic page and one page from the extra topics, my daughter isn't too overwhelmed by this worktext approach. She is a confident reader at this point, which helps a lot.
Elizabeth E on Jul 28, 2022
My son will be using this next year. We have been using Math Mammoth and it works well for him.
Jackie M on May 31, 2022
recommended by a friend
Nichole J on May 28, 2022
We like this open-and-go curriculum to simplify our math learning. Kiddo finished level 1 and is on to level 2.
Samantha B on Mar 17, 2022
We loved this curriculum for our first grader last year and are using it again! My son loves watching the videos and the added games. We use the Homeschool Planet lesson plan to get easy access to the games for each day.
Kasie K on Aug 25, 2021
We did Math Mammoth grade 1 last year, and it was a good experience, and since we may eventually go back to public school, I wanted to stick with Common Core aligned math. Easy for my child to do fairly independently!
Elizabeth S on Aug 6, 2021
This math program teaches kids how to THINK mathematically. It's affordable and user-friendly for homeschool parents.
Jacqueline D on Aug 3, 2021
This was a great math choice for our family! Simple, easy to follow, lots of supplemental ideas, and plenty of practice.
Cindi P on Jul 1, 2021
used product for 8 years for other kids
Tina T on Jun 29, 2021
We used Math Mammoth for first grade and I liked it. Lessons were short and to the point. My son did a great job and we chose to continue with this curriculum.
Zoi C on Jun 17, 2021
We used the Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for Grade 1 homeschool and it was flexible and thorough.
Lania C on May 8, 2021
Fantastic Math Curriculum!! Kids work very independently but ask for help if they have a question about the problem!
Kelly R on Mar 24, 2021
I did Grade 1 with my son and we really enjoyed it, so we are continuing on with the program.
Robyn M on Mar 15, 2021
I have been very impressed with Math Mammoth's ease of use and clear explanations
Jennifer S on Feb 27, 2021
We like the simple, straightforward, hands on math practice. Also like Maria's tips for math games in person and on the computer!
Liz G on Nov 10, 2020
We've been using Math Mammoth for our two girls for two years now and really like it! We tried several other programs that had too many illustrations or photos; our distractible child had a lot of trouble following them. With Math Mammoth, the children focus on the math and get it done. It is also almost completely self-explanatory to the student, saving me time.
Kellie W on Jun 15, 2020
I love that MM has a colored work text option! We are switching from R&S.
Kylie K on Jan 21, 2020
I feel like it's fairly thorough in what it covers and I appreciate how it presents topics, such as addition, in a variety of ways so my kids can pick which one fits their learning style best. I also appreciate that it uses technical language instead of "dumbing" it down.
Cara H on Oct 15, 2019
Great math curriculum, it's the next book for my student!
Valerie L on Aug 5, 2019
children always seem to understand the concepts which are clearly presented; not a stressful math curriculum!
Alicia S on Jun 10, 2019
This is a mastery based math program for a reasonable price.
Kenna F on May 30, 2019
I like how thorough the book is in teaching concepts.
Stephanie G on Apr 24, 2019
We've always used the old version of MM, but am trying these! We have LOVED Math Mammoth for several years and can't wait to share with our next child. I love how she shows different methods of solving problems. Our brains don't all work the same and she teaches an array of methods. The student generally learns them all and picks the one that works best for them. My daughter has gotten the WHY behind math, which is so important to me!
Moriah H on Apr 23, 2019
Math Mammoth keeps learning math easy and straightforward. I enjoy it since I don't have to prepare for lessons, and my boys like it because they only need to use the workbook - no unnecessary manipulatives.
Kristina C on Nov 10, 2018
it's the math program we are currently using
Lynette C on Oct 26, 2018
Good reviews. Looking for a little more than what we currently use for math
Tiffany P on Sep 19, 2018
We used Grade 1 this year and it worked really well for us.
Katharine R on May 16, 2018
"We have used Math Mammoth for a year and a half and it has simplified math for my 2nd grader and I hope to keep my upcoming first grader next year on the right track. "
marta c on Mar 8, 2018
Mental math and concept based
Lauren M on Feb 24, 2018
Convenient for the homeschool/classroom blend of my charter school, inexpensive, and though not comparable to Saxon, teaches some basic math fundamentals clearly and thoroughly.
Therese S on Dec 30, 2017
Great price
Amber L on Sep 20, 2017
I have used Math Mammoth before, and I like the product, so I thought my 2nd grader would enjoy using it.
Stephanie W on Mar 22, 2017
I have used Math Mammoth for 6 years for all of my children. Its everything they need to know, its affordable, and you dont need a teachers manual because the instructions are right in the book. We are so glad its now in color!!
Jody Y on Feb 20, 2017
To continue education
Stacey C on Jan 10, 2017
I liked the way our 1st grade Math Mammoth went so I chose to stay with this series. Seems to cover all the bases thoroughly.
Anita H on Aug 10, 2016
This is a good, solid series for learning math facts in early grades. She has excellent explanations and there's no teacher's manual, which should be unnecessary at this grade anyway!
User on Jul 2, 2016
have mammoth 1a light blue... have been using math u see at homeschool co-op... much prefer mammoth & want to work ahead at home with 2 kids.
halyn g on Nov 12, 2015
My son is finishing up the 1-B series and ready to move ahead
Sharon D on Nov 28, 2022
Used Math Mammoth for 1st grade and like it. Sometimes we cross out some of the problems because it tends to have more problems than other math curriculum. However, we still like it because it has very good instructions on how to complete the math. It's also self taught, though at this you age, some guidance is still needed.
Shell T on Jul 31, 2022
5.0 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great mastery curriculum!
My son needs a lot of practice, and the flexibility with this curriculum means if he's getting burnt out on one topic, we can flip a few pages to work on another.
April 2, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter loves this curriculum and we will continue to use it! Very thorough and teaches both the traditional methods & common core so your kid can find what works best for them. Lots of word problems and different problem formats. Highly recommend!
March 30, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent printing
Very happy with the quality of the book as well as the curriculum
March 11, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wow!!! I wish I had known about Math Mammoth from the start. Now I feel like my kids are getting an amazing education - no repetitive, boring, colorless math sheets to work through. The lessons are just right and my kids work independently most of the time. Thanks for making our homeschool better!
February 21, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We are enjoying this curriculum. I opted for the color version because there were a few activities in the first grade level that confused my child because they were not in color. Both kids are much happier with this version.
March 15, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love math mammoth!
I am a math person and have tried or looked at everything I could find but this curriculum is the simple solution I have grown to really like. The website has great supplemental videos and it really is self teaching. I need to do a small lesson from time to time but for the most part my boys understand it from the worksheet. I do add in games from right start which I used to use which is a nice supplement I think but that curriculum was too much for me to execute with four kids 7 and under and was pushing my older son to hate math because it was advanced in my opinion. Math Mammoth has made him feel confident in math again, he doesn’t always love it but I feel confident in the skills he is acquiring doing it and he enjoys it most days :)
July 8, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Learning is happening so easily!
Finally, we found a curriculum that works for my twins! One is a visual and kinesthetic learner, the other is more of an auditory learner. Math Mammoth has them both learning, excelling, and most importantly, feeling positive about math! Our math tutor, who was a 25+ year third grade teacher, loves the teaching style and set up of this curriculum as well! Thank you Math Mammoth for freeing us from the dread of math to making it an enjoyable experience.
January 19, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The Best Math Curriculum Out There
I am a math person but most of my adopted children are not. I have checked out and used several different math programs but Math Mammoth is by far the best. I love it. It truly teaches the student logic and how to think mathematically. I use it with my son who is a math whiz and also with my son who has special needs, and everyone in between. We just move at different paces. This program is so thorough in teaching concepts...the children really understand what they are doing rather than just learn how to perform various operations. I think this curriculum would also be great for a mom who isn't mathematically inclined and doesn't know creative ways to teach her kids math. I wish the public schools would use something like this!
November 5, 2015
over 7 years ago

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