Primary Math US 2A Workbook

Primary Math US 2A Workbook

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ISBN: 9789810185008
Grades: 2

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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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we are trying this curriculum.
Tricia R on Jul 30, 2023
We've been using Singapore for years.
Dawn W on Apr 22, 2023
we are trying this curriculum.
Tricia R on Jul 30, 2023
My 8 year old likes these work books!
Tamar H on May 26, 2023
We've been using Singapore for years.
Dawn W on Apr 22, 2023
My older children who are now in high school, benefited greatly from this curriculum. Now I am buying it for my youngest!
Betsy C on Feb 25, 2023
Our Core Curriculum no longer offers this version and I already have all the textbooks from my older children. I loved the program and wish to continue with our youngest.
Truly on Jan 30, 2023
We enjoy this series of math curriculum.
Jessica K on Sep 1, 2022
We have used this curriculum for our first 2 boys and are still loving it for our third!
Nicole Jones on Jul 26, 2022
I used it with my older son and he liked it a lot.
Esther G on Jun 6, 2022
This will be for our fifth child to use Singapore Math -- fabulous program!
Rebecca G on Mar 5, 2022
My son prefers this math program and it's working well for us.
User on Feb 23, 2022
We have been using this math curriculum for years. It continues to work well for us. It is the national math curriculum in Singapore, and their students rank #1 in worldwide math assessments!
Krystal V on Oct 23, 2021
We’ve been homeschooling for 10 years and have found Singapore Math US edition to work very well for 1st- 3rd Math. At third grade, we switch to Math Mammoth. All of our kids were prepared very well for higher level conceptual thinking and problem solving.
Jen V on Sep 1, 2021
Using PM Singapore style math has worked very well for my kids.
User on Jul 15, 2021
Singapore has a good reputation, and i like that the book is in black and white pictures that kids can color in.
Denise B on Jul 5, 2021
As a math teacher I loved the Level 1 material. I felt that it helped my child develop a deeper understanding of the material.
Melissa W on May 30, 2021
Child number 4 starting the next level. Singapore Math (Levels K-6) has prepared my older children for success in Algebra 1 and on. Great program.
Sarah E on May 22, 2021
I've really liked Singapore math and use it for all of my kids. This will be the fifth kid to go through the series now.
Sarah M on Jan 22, 2021
Extra math practice for my kids.
Sridhar G on Nov 17, 2020
highly recommended
Craig L on Sep 4, 2020
supplemental workbook for my 2nd grader.
Oksana G on Aug 26, 2020
Using it to tutor.
Kathleen M on Aug 24, 2020
This came highly recommended and after looking through the books I really like the layouts and colors. I think my son will enjoy it as well
Melissa M on Aug 13, 2020
used with one of my other children
Sarah P on Aug 3, 2020
We started after my son finished 1st grade math to see if we would like Singapore better and we do! It moves at a great pace and my son loves math, he picks it up real quick so this is fantastic for us!
Georgina C on Jul 29, 2020
Looking forward to using with my 2nd grader. This program is highly recommended by many friends. Thanks!
Faith W on Jul 27, 2020
Continuing with Singapore Curriculum.
Rhiannon W on Jul 21, 2020
Love this series for its progression from tangible to pictorial to abstract. Develops a strong sense of number.
James P on Jul 19, 2020
We love Singapore math.
krystal p on Jul 15, 2020
Its not overwhelming with excessive practice. I love the concepts and how they are taught. I can open this curriculum and go when I sit down with my homeschooler.
SHANA S on Jun 23, 2020
Love this math curriculum
Sarah M on Jun 15, 2020
My daughter loves this program.
Jennifer N on May 2, 2020
MFW recommended math, worked well for my older children
Shannon G on Apr 23, 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
We've used Singapore Math for 1-6th grades for all of our children and love it! Its conceptual approach works well in developing number sense in my kids and math is often their favorite subject.
Amanda H on Apr 6, 2020
Continuing the curriculum.
Sheila B on Mar 19, 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
PM 1 US edition was a good fit for our older two kids so we're moving onto the next level.
User on Mar 10, 2020
2nd grader
Rebecca R on Feb 14, 2020
i have had good success with the 1a and 1b set
Rhonda S S on Oct 21, 2019
I have a second grader
Jennifer M on Oct 19, 2019
Melinda A on Oct 17, 2019
To accompany the Primary Math 2A curriculum we're using
Ellen M on Oct 7, 2019
I'm continuing with Singapore, which my son and I loved for levels 1A and 1B last year.
Bridget R on Aug 31, 2019
Have used Singapore math with older brothers and we are finishing 1B.
Amy M on Aug 26, 2019
Easy, understandable curriculum. I've used this for 4 of my children and now my youngest are old enough to use this.
Zoninia B on Aug 26, 2019
Awesome math curriculum! Gives great foundation to start kids thinking the way upper level math requires - and helps for the SAT/ACT!
Jennifer L on Aug 17, 2019
We have used Singapore Math for our elementary students through our past 6 years of homeschooling. It fits our family perfectly.
Aaron C on Aug 11, 2019
WE love this math curriculum and my children normally got through 3 books a school year!
Amanda T on Aug 7, 2019
For a second child working on the same level
Sarah N on May 26, 2019
We currently use this curriculum for Math and simply need the level.
Carrie P on Apr 1, 2019
My 8 year old likes these work books!
Tamar H on May 26, 2023
My older children who are now in high school, benefited greatly from this curriculum. Now I am buying it for my youngest!
Betsy C on Feb 25, 2023
What is difference between primary mathematics and primary mathematics standard edition? there is price difference
User on Sep 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Primary Math US Edition and Primary Math SE are more similar than they are different. Both incorporate the general Singaporian methodology. Both have textbooks and workbooks for each half level. Both are fast-paced with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and mental math. Both have a bit of a foreign "feel" to them.

The SE is aligned to the 1997 CA math standards. These standards are coordinated with the Asian countries. Accordingly, there were relatively few changes that had to be made to Primary Math to bring it into alignment with the standards. A few topics have been rearranged. There are some instances where a topic is re-taught or reviewed in the SE and not in the US. There is slightly more material in the area of data analysis in the SE.

It's possible to switch between the two editions at the complete level but switching should not be done in-between levels. For instance, a student could complete US 3B and then do SE 4A but should not do US 3A and then SE 3B.

The US edition only has color in the level 1-3 texts - all workbooks are black and white. The SE edition is more colorful - in levels 1-6 texts - but the workbooks are still black and white.

Unless the student wants/needs material aligned to the 1997 CA standards, there is probably not a compelling reason to choose the SE over the US but it does appear that the Home Instructor's Guides for the SE are more user-friendly. There are currently no HIGs for SE 6A and 6B.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to follow, works well with visual and hands-on learners. The price is right!
May 14, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Working great for math savvy son
March 14, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great concepts, well taught!
I love these math workbooks! The questions are written easy to understand, and follow well what you teach in the teacher instruction manual. I use them to give my early students one on one time with Mom to make sure they understand and grasp the foundational math concepts, then I use teaching textbooks when they get older. Highly recommend.
September 7, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My girls like this workbook. It is easy to use.
December 8, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Primary Math US 2A Workbook
Very good seller.
Cheaper price than Amazon
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August 19, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Singapore Math
We have thoroughly enjoyed Singapore Math 1A-5B. Singapore has helped build a strong foundation in math for all of our boys; they excel in particular in applied math.
September 16, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We began using Singapore Math in 3rd grade when our son could not catch on to math concepts(he had no trouble in other subjects wonderful reader reading high above grade level)and after trying different curriculums we started with Book 1 He loved the program He quickly went from book to book Just last week after learning a new concept he said "oh I see it mom!" Our son also enjoyed the black & white pages so he could color them The paper is smooth and fun to color We have started our 2nd grader & pre-K children with this program I would like to add that I have supplemented the children at different times when they needed extra practice Thank You
November 5, 2007

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