Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1-B Worktext

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1-B Worktext

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Item #: 054623
ISBN: 9781942715795
Grades: 1

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The four main areas of study for first grade are:

  1. The concepts of addition and subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction facts (chapters 1-2; chapter 4);
  2. Developing understanding of whole number relationships and place value till 100 (chapter 3 and chapter 7);
  3. Developing understanding of measuring lengths as iterating length units (chapter 6); and
  4. Reasoning about attributes of geometric shapes, such as the number of sides and the number of corners, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes (chapter 6).

Additional topics we study in first grade are clock to the half hour (chapter 5) and counting coins (chapter 8).

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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I really like how these are open-and-go lessons.
Leanne S on Mar 21, 2022
love this curriculum, not super repetitive, teaches different ways of doing math and the lesson/teaching part is in the same book
Victoria K on Aug 18, 2021
I really like how these are open-and-go lessons.
Leanne S on Mar 21, 2022
I chose this one because I have it for my other daughter. I enjoyed her format and ability to work through fairly easy.
amy a on Aug 20, 2021
love this curriculum, not super repetitive, teaches different ways of doing math and the lesson/teaching part is in the same book
Victoria K on Aug 18, 2021
Two other curriculums weren't a good fit for my son. Math Mammoth looked more his learning style.
Sarah R on Aug 15, 2021
I switched to Math Mammoth 2 years ago for my 4 elementary age kids. It encourages independent working, explains things in various ways, and the corresponding videos are free online and very helpful. The math confidence in our home has grown using this curriculum.
Nathan P on Jul 6, 2021
We are almost finished with the 1-A book.
deborah h on Apr 29, 2021
my son is loving 1-A worktext!
Ami C on Nov 3, 2020
Great reviews!
Lydia M on Nov 2, 2020
giving it it a try since it has been recommended multiple times.
Yesenia S on Jun 15, 2020
Previous home school mother Marlene Schueler
Susana Z on Aug 28, 2019
It covers all the skills our first graders need. Our previous curriculum was missing some things. Now our teachers will not have to supplement.
Lori H on Aug 7, 2019
My granddaughter is behind in math in some areas and I found this curriculum to have great directions and explanations for her to read along with me, or alone.
cynthia s on Aug 4, 2019
I follow a Homeschool page in my area and this was mentioned often.
Michelle S on Jul 25, 2019
Used with older sibling so will use with her younger sister in first grade.
Jane H on Jun 4, 2019
Daughter is almost ready for 2nd grade
Jennifer C on Jan 16, 2019
recommendation from other homeschooling moms
Emily O on Aug 18, 2018
after much research and our current spiral curriculum not a good fit, we are giving this a try.
Melissa C on Jan 8, 2018
this reader would help my son learning to read.
Jason N on Dec 16, 2017
I have the CD but like to have an actual book.
Sandra S on Oct 28, 2017
My daughter needed some extra work for 1st grade year.
Vanessa P on Aug 11, 2017
I need to fill in the gaps for my 2nd grader after using a spiral program so we can then move on to 2nd grade math. Switching from spiral to mastery program.
Tracy B on Aug 3, 2017
I have used Math Mammoth for both my children for home school and have never been disappointed by its content and quality. I was a public school educator for many years, and I learned the hard way which methods do and do not work for students. The focus on mental math, number skills, and logical thinking skills, along with its ease of use make this math curriculum the best I have found. It has been a life-saver for me!
Hadassah S on Jul 2, 2017
I have checked several sites, including math mammoth and cathy duffy reiviews. Based on the reviews and texts I could look over these seems like the best choice for teaching my daughter math.
User on Jun 21, 2017
I love how the instructions are clearly laid out before each lesson
christina s on Oct 12, 2016
Love the 2nd grade book, want to use this for my first grader
Abigail S on Sep 28, 2016
My daughter just finished grade 2 in public school, but we decided to homeschool this coming year. I gave my daughter the placement test so I can start buying curricula and she got 79 points on the grade 1 test! I even helped her a little bit. I am hoping a review of this workbook over the summer will help get her ready for the grade 2 workbooks this year.
Jayme B on Jun 15, 2016
We loved the 1-A Worktext as a download but it is hard to find affordable color printing and this is a great deal!
Charles N on Feb 4, 2016
I chose this one because I have it for my other daughter. I enjoyed her format and ability to work through fairly easy.
amy a on Aug 20, 2021
Two other curriculums weren't a good fit for my son. Math Mammoth looked more his learning style.
Sarah R on Aug 15, 2021
Is this version in color?
A shopper on Nov 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not this one, but if needed we just color the pictures. Generally not necessary as the objects are shaded differently so you can tell which is which.
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Rated 5 out of 5
This curriculum is great! I have used it with 6 of my 7 children and it has been fantastic. You can't abandon the child and expect them to read the instructions on their own, especially in Grade 1. By the time the child is a strong reader, they are pretty much on their own unless they want to ask questions of clarification. The instructions and explanations are brief and to the point, teaching mathematical concepts masterfully. The writer of the curriculum really understands math. My children have done so well using the program and have excelled in state testing once we switched to this curriculum. I am VERY pleased and never look elsewhere anymore! I had used *several* other well-known math curricula, but will never be in that quandary again!
January 22, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
This curriculum is a life saver!
After teaching high school English for 13 years, I stayed resigned to homeschool my children. Since my specialty was language arts, I was worried that I would not be able to teach math to my son and daughter very well. Other parents told me about Math Mammoth, and it is really, truly a life-saver! All of the instruction is embedded in the lesson and is clearly written, so the student can read and work through it themselves if needed. The material follows a LOGICAL PROGRESSION and reviews previous material, too. Maria Miller teaches students to think about a concept several different ways, which is so helpful in developing their mental math ability. My son and daughter are so much more advanced in their mathematical understanding and ability than I was at their ages, and this curriculum is the reason why. It is SO EASY TO USE, and Maria has free instructional videos for many of the lessons in case students need a "classroom teacher" style explanation. I can't say it enough-- Math Mammoth saved my homeschooling life.
August 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter used to cry every time we did math. NOT ANY MORE! Simple, easy to understand directions for both parent and child. Great links to free content and games. My daughter is flying through her make up work for first grade (we were a little behind because she struggled with the original program we were using and it just made things worse).
We had only used it about 3 weeks and I ended up purchasing grades 1-7 on cd! Do not waste your money on more expensive curriculums. Math Mammoth is wonderful!
July 22, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
If you are buying it for a struggling student, who also struggles with reading, DON'T.
February 10, 2017
over 6 years ago

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