Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3-A Worktext

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3-A Worktext

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ISBN: 9781942715863
Grades: 3

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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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Great price and rigorous curriculum!
SHANNON M on Mar 29, 2023
7 years of homeschooling and Math Mammoth is my favorite curriculum. All four of my sons have done well and learning to think mathematically through this program. I wish I had been taught math this way!
Hannah H on Jun 28, 2021
Great price and rigorous curriculum!
SHANNON M on Mar 29, 2023
As an educator, I find Math Mammoth to be an ideal text to teach and master math. I am needing this text as one of my students will be moving into this book soon.
Carrie P on Jan 11, 2022
7 years of homeschooling and Math Mammoth is my favorite curriculum. All four of my sons have done well and learning to think mathematically through this program. I wish I had been taught math this way!
Hannah H on Jun 28, 2021
Math Mammoth is great! My boys are getting a solid foundation in math without a lot of busy work.
Julia B on Apr 7, 2021
It's very divergent thinker methodology.
Firly R on Nov 16, 2020
We originally ordered the grade 4 series and it was a little too advanced for our 4th grader.
Matthew B on Sep 30, 2020
Best math series I've found.
Jennifer M on May 26, 2020
review after review has pointed in math mammoth's direction. the kids can't wait to start!
Joanna G on Apr 19, 2020
seems like a great program and my kids hopefully will excel in it
User on Apr 16, 2020
I've been using Math Mammoth for two years and it's been great for my two students!
Kelly B on Aug 20, 2019
Good, mastery-based (non-spiraling) math curriculum that is inexpensive.
Hanna L on Aug 7, 2019
I chose this curriculum because it came recommended by Cathy Duffy. I have used the downloaded version this summer and have not found it cost effective. Now I have the downloaded version and "hard" copy.
cynthia s on Aug 4, 2019
We've used Math Mammoth for years for two kids and love it!
Horrex K on Jun 26, 2019
I have an advanced 2nd grader that I want to challenge
karen r on Jun 4, 2019
We used the Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for Grades 1 & 2 with both of my girls last year and made great progress in math! I really love how the series explains math concepts and that it is open and go.
Mollie B on Oct 3, 2018
Elvira D on Sep 15, 2018
love math mammoth especially for teaching concepts such as re-grouping, multiplication and divison
lisa f on Sep 8, 2018
I love Math Mammoth! Maria Miller makes math fun!
Antonina T on Feb 4, 2018
I purchased level B and thought Level A was a logical choice.
melissa w on Nov 15, 2017
Great Mastery-based curriculum and the workbooks are cheaper than the cost of the ink from my printer to print out pages!
Janice B on Sep 16, 2017
I have a life skills class and I believe this math series will help them to understand math concpets better.
Stacey S on May 3, 2017
This is my third grade level to buy for, and I am absolutely loving this curriculum. Very basic, easy to understand, and explained really well, are some of the main reasons for my purchase of these books. Thank you for Math Mammoth!
Tenia P on Feb 7, 2017
This is our third year with these books for our homeschool. I find them to be great teaching tools. The kids never get frustrated and they can work independently easy.
Eliza K on Sep 11, 2016
We have tried many other math curricula but Math Mammoth works best for my family in that is appropriately challenging, easy to implement, and enjoyable.
Amanda S on Jul 25, 2016
Have previously used and it is a good product.
Kim O on Jul 14, 2016
switching from singapore to math mammoth
Sarah D on Apr 18, 2016
I need help with math in our homeschool.
Lisa S on Jan 11, 2016
Math Mammoth is clear, concise and comprehensive. It explains the concepts well, spends enough time on each for the student to firmly grasp the concept, and has the student use it regularly to embed it in their brain. It uses word problems throughout the books. There are also concept specific workbooks if you need to brush up in certain areas. Check out their website for more details.
Tabitha M on Jan 4, 2016
The kids are learning such useful maths, and really understand.
Dean B on Dec 12, 2015
I have two boys who started in this Math series. It has been wonderful! The author has done a wonderful job organizing and teaching the information in a very orderly way. The work is varied and the word problems are an excellent challenge. The author has also done an excellent job in teaching them how to do mental math. I am surprised at how quickly my boys can add in their head. Also she went through everything in such an order that multiplication came very easily for both of my boys.
Kathleen B on Nov 7, 2015
As an educator, I find Math Mammoth to be an ideal text to teach and master math. I am needing this text as one of my students will be moving into this book soon.
Carrie P on Jan 11, 2022
Math Mammoth is great! My boys are getting a solid foundation in math without a lot of busy work.
Julia B on Apr 7, 2021
Are the answers included?
A shopper on Oct 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, there is a separate book called "Grade 3 Answer Keys" in the light blue series, which I did purchase. This book contains the answers and keys to worktext A and B, tests and reviews. I found this book helpful as it removes the temptation to peek while performing the work.
What type of binding does this text have?
User on Mar 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Keep in mind that because she divides theyear into two books, the books are not very thick and so they lay open well. I would have liked spiral as well but have found these to work just fine.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Third grade book A
I haven't used it yet, but can't wait to use it in my title math classroom next school year. It matches up closely with what is being taught in the homeroom classrooms.
June 2, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
working out to be great
I have two children who just started this program. One child struggles in math the other excels and teaches himself. So far this book has been a win for both kids and they are learning and enjoying it.... all the more better
May 16, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Love this program
My kids love this math. The instructions are easy to follow and engaging. They show different ways to solve the problems and that helps them find the answers better.
March 25, 2017
over 6 years ago

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