Primary Math US 6A Workbook

Primary Math US 6A Workbook

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ISBN: 9789810185169
Grades: 6

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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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have used others in the series
Adriane G on Jan 14, 2023
We love Singapore math and these no frills books! They are a great overview of pre-algebra and basic geometry!
Laurie P on Aug 17, 2022
have used others in the series
Adriane G on Jan 14, 2023
We've been using Singapore math since we started homeschooling 6 years ago. It presents the concepts in a way that helps children really understand numbers and math. I highly recommend this math program!
Keely W on Nov 3, 2022
We love Singapore math and these no frills books! They are a great overview of pre-algebra and basic geometry!
Laurie P on Aug 17, 2022
It's simple and straight forward. Has great visual imagery for the math concepts.
Jenna C on Aug 15, 2022
I have used this for years with several children. IMO Some word problems are ridiculous in level 6 and would be better solved with algebra. I use this opportunity to introduce algebra. After this series the student is ready for Algebra 1. This curriculum produces very good math students who understand concepts and know how to apply them in different situations and types of problems. Very thorough math curriculum. Far better than most.
Lara R on Feb 21, 2022
Needed for My Father's World
Ashley B on Feb 16, 2022
Happy with Singapore Math
Cheryl E on Sep 28, 2021
We have loved these books for elementary school math!
Margaret P on Aug 9, 2021
Love SIngapore Math! It provides concepts that build on each other and enough practice without it being too much.
Lisa P on Mar 24, 2021
Every child learns differently. I have used Singapore with half of my clan. It can turn on the lightbulb if they are struggling.
Mary H on Jan 14, 2021
MFW recommended, worked well for my other kids
Shannon G on Oct 28, 2020
great program
Brenda K on Sep 17, 2020
Singapore Math has worked well for my two older sons for several years. I have them both doing year 6, though one is in sixth grade this year and the other in seventh grade. It is challenging for both of them.
Jennifer M on Sep 3, 2020
Continuing with Singapore Curriculum.
Rhiannon W on Jul 21, 2020
This series has worked very well for our family!
Nicole M on Apr 17, 2020
We used this with my eldest and he was well prepared for the transition to Saxon Algebra I. I only had to supplement with some teaching on exponents, coordinate graphing scientific notation, and probability before switching over. We're now ready to do the same with our youngest.
Nicole on Apr 8, 2020
Love Singapore math, best choice we've made in our home school curriculum wise.
User on Oct 9, 2019
Highly recommended by sooo many educators and included in many curriculum sets, and, what little I have used it previously, I believe strongly in it's mental approach. Singapore Math is JUST numbers -- I believe kids should have fun with numbers, think deeply about each problem presented and ways to solve it; Not be bogged down with 6-digit division or wordy pages of instruction. Just the numbers, please!
Cheryl on Sep 27, 2019
to be used in school classroom.
Chris R on Aug 12, 2019
My Fathers World recommendation
Shannon G on Nov 13, 2018
have loved singapore math for all my kids
Amisha M on Aug 29, 2018
I need it for a college math class for elementary teachers.
Carley W on Aug 27, 2018
I love the word problems in Singapore math!
Amy M on Aug 8, 2018
Continuing the Singapore Math Curriculum for my oldest.
Rhiannon W on Jul 2, 2018
Great curriculum!
Andrew on Jun 30, 2018
Singapore is more about math theory than about practice drills. The word problems they use are similar to real life problem solving situations.
Marie C on Jun 29, 2018
hands down, the best math series there is. no busy work, super efficient, excellent conceptual teaching.
User on May 15, 2018
Been using the Singapore Primary Mathematics Series for both my boys with great success since second grade.
Michelle S on Oct 16, 2017
Great program that I've been using for over a decade
Christi N on Oct 5, 2017
Singapore based math teaches mental math processes and great for college prep. This is closer to the way US students used to learn math back when they were top in the world.
Rhonda J on Sep 18, 2017
This is a good curriculum which will soon, as I understand it, be unavailable. Singapore Math is becoming aligned with Common Core,
Douglas F on Sep 16, 2017
Singapore math has been so useful for my kid that just wants to do the work and get it done. It is clear and has a good amount of practice.
Kent J on Aug 31, 2017
Great math books, thorough.
User on Aug 30, 2017
We've been using this program for years, this is just the next level.
Darcy M on Aug 13, 2017
Continuing on to next level of Singapore math.
Savanna B on Mar 23, 2017
Singapore math is great for quick math learners or kids that can conceptualize the math in their heads using the visual examples used in the book. It moves pretty fast, and while it does have repetition, it is doesn't seem to work as well for kids that need a lot of extra practice. But for the kids who do well with it, I love the way it teaches them to think in a more practical, concrete way to solve the problems.
Patricia Elaine K on Feb 6, 2017
continued same workbook from school child was in before homeschooling
Scott T on Jan 11, 2017
We have been using Singapore for a long time. It is simple to use, but and excellent in quality for a great price.
User on Dec 14, 2016
To accompany textbook. We love this series!
Armelle S on Oct 31, 2016
Been using Singapore math for 8 years. This is my 2nd child working through the program. I like it.
Guest on Oct 12, 2016
easy to use for after school supplemental homework to keep my child a few steps ahead
User on Sep 23, 2016
for school
Marcia P on Jul 22, 2016
Singapore is the best math program for my children!
Beverly M on Jul 18, 2016
These are the books I've used for my other kids and I see that Primary Mathematics is converting to Common Core and I don't want to change so I'm stocking up for my younger children.
Jean L on Jul 7, 2016
We really like Primary Mathematics. This is my fifth child using it.
User on Nov 17, 2015
We've been using Singapore math since we started homeschooling 6 years ago. It presents the concepts in a way that helps children really understand numbers and math. I highly recommend this math program!
Keely W on Nov 3, 2022
It's simple and straight forward. Has great visual imagery for the math concepts.
Jenna C on Aug 15, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Consistently good
This is my second child who will work through this level. Singapore is great for my math loving kids.
May 10, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Singapore Math trains your child to Think
We have used Singapore Primary Math/US Edition with all our children from grade K/1. This program does a fantastic job of preparing the student to think conceptually at increasingly higher levels. It is mastery based, meaning the topic is introduced and thoroughly developed so the student understands both why and how before moving on. "Sprial" methods dip a toe in the water and then move on, not allowing the child to make the necessary mathematical connections, with the topic often not reappearing until much later. Singapore Math, however, lets the child learn to swim proficiently at increasing depths, from the shallow to deep end of the mathematics pool. It will require parental input and time because you are not just teaching your child how to solve a math problem, you are training their mind to think. You need to climb in and swim with them! The Home Instructors Guide does a fantastic job of leading you through. You may even learn a little, too!
August 23, 2016
over 6 years ago

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