Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1-A Worktext (Colored Version)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 1-A Worktext (Colored Version)

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Item #: 031511
ISBN: 9781942715009
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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Why did you choose this?
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Switching from Dimensions to something new. Looking at the first chapter it seemed to be an ok fit.
Todd F on Dec 21, 2020
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
Switching from Dimensions to something new. Looking at the first chapter it seemed to be an ok fit.
Todd F on Dec 21, 2020
I've heard a lot of good things about this curriculum.
Anna T on Dec 3, 2020
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
friend's recommendation
Jiansheng H on Oct 19, 2020
Go Math isn't working for us. I'm hoping this will help with mastery.
Ashlee A on Oct 6, 2020
Great math curriculum. We have the downloads but it's too expensive to print them at our local print store. We enjoy this math tremendously and have seen great results.
clearwaters14 on Sep 13, 2020
I've read reviews stating it has similarities with Singapore math. Also reviews of families have excelled with this program
Mary A on Sep 2, 2020
Kathy Duffy Review top 102... it's like Singapore but reasonable price
Debbie E on Jul 28, 2020
good reviews, looking for a math that emphasizes mental math.
Elisabeth M on Jul 26, 2020
We love Math Mammoth! We switched to MM for my daughter in second grade this year, and I'm planning on starting 1st grade with my son who is finishing kinder, but loves math. MM will be a perfect fit for him.
Caitlin A on Apr 3, 2020
I love that MM has a colored work text option! We are switching from R&S.
Kylie K on Jan 21, 2020
A very thorough and well laid out math curriculum
Nicola H on Sep 29, 2019
I'm glad its in color and I don't need to print it myself. :)
Christine B on Aug 24, 2019
We have the digital version and it's cheaper to buy this than to have it printed. My kids LOVE math mammoth-it explains everything easy enough for both my children! I cannot recommend it enough.
Kate A on Aug 21, 2019
My teachers compared 3 texts and this one met our needs.
Lori H on Aug 7, 2019
heard great things wanted to give it a try
Lynae Y on Jun 7, 2019
needed extra practice for addition and subtraction and this was recommended
Karen H on Jun 1, 2019
I picked this curriculum as a supplement to another that I am using. It has clear and concise instructions for the child and is completely different from our every day curriculum. Check out the samples on samples on the math mammoth web site
Elizabeth H on Apr 4, 2019
I have heard good things about Math Mammoth and the books look well laid out and clear and I like the color version for my 1st grader!
caroline S on Apr 4, 2019
just to try something different
Minka M on Jan 22, 2019
This is for my 5 year old son. I am hoping it’s a bit more challenging than kindergarten math. He is a bright child.
Debbie on Jan 1, 2019
We are a small private school and this is a replacement set for us.
Janice B on Nov 4, 2018
We've been using the Grade 3-A Worktext for our oldest (we're new to homeschooling this year). I've been very happy so far. It's all laid out very clearly, with plenty of practice. If he has a good grasp on something we don't complete all the practice, but save those problems to review on future days, and if he needs more practice we can repeat or use her recommended resources.
Anne K on Oct 19, 2018
recommendation from other homeschooling moms
Emily O on Aug 18, 2018
I have heard nothing but good things about this curriculum. I have research a lot about math curriculum and after staying and playing on their website for hours I decided to make the jump. It's a great price also.
Valerie H on Jun 11, 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
Heard really good things about this and wanted to try it. Look forward to using it!!!
nakia p on Jan 26, 2018
need to switch math curriculums, need to simplify our schooling. MathMammoth was recommended, no frills, easy to use
Tassia O on Jan 20, 2018
I bought the online version but could really use the hard copy instead. It's a wonderful math curriculum. Thank you!
Jerry S on Oct 15, 2017
Hoping itll be a good fit for our rising first grader.
kimberly J on Jul 18, 2017
Like it because it has colors, and it's not expensive. Also, it explains the concepts very well and it also allows students to work on their own. I like Mammoth very much.
bonnie y on Jul 3, 2017
My daughter-in-law is home schooling my grandkids and this is what she wanted because she felt it was the best.
Nancy C on Jun 12, 2017
worked well with my older child so using this for my younger who is in Kinder and ahead in math for homeschool.
Clarissa B on May 3, 2017
John C on Apr 7, 2017
I did extensive online research on available Grade 1 homeschool math curricula and Mammoth came up positively in many reviews. I then gathered sample pages from as many offerings as possible and the tutor (Mom) tried them out with the student. Out of the 3-4 programs I was considering, Mammoth had the most intuitive and appealing materials.
Ivo A on Mar 14, 2017
math mammoth is a good, solid maths curriculum.
Emma C B on Dec 20, 2016
Liked the focus on number sense, color version, and worktext format
Melissa S on Oct 23, 2016
Recommended to me. Colorful and to the point- no crazy pictures.
HM M on Aug 25, 2016
first grade daughter
Dena B on Aug 19, 2016
If you are looking for a mastery curriculum that is strong in number sense, easy to use, and economical try this program. We've used this program for over three years now. I had a question about the program and emailed the author. She responded that day. She also has a helpful blog and newsletter. I've been using the downloaded version and love the free softpack that includes extra worksheets and quizzes but find I personally do better with an actual book.
Amber W on Aug 11, 2016
see above
Carole R on Jul 4, 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
I plan to use it to after school my soon to be first graders.
Amy P on May 6, 2016
Great price and great reviews
User on Feb 19, 2016
I am using amblesideonline, a curriculum based on Charlotte Mason's ideas. Their website recommended this resource.
Jamie S on Feb 5, 2016
my older daughter is doing great with this program so buying it for a younger sibling, too! was happy with RR for my previous purchases and customer support by phone is really great, so i am buying from RR again!
Keren F on Oct 21, 2015
I've heard a lot of good things about this curriculum.
Anna T on Dec 3, 2020
friend's recommendation
Jiansheng H on Oct 19, 2020
Does the colored version worktext come bound or loose? What kind of binding?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I believe it is a glued binding, like normal paperbacks. If you’d like it loose, any copy Center (like Staples) should be able to cut off the spine for a couple of dollars. I’ve done that with cookbooks before.
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Rated 5 out of 5
To the point
Very easy to follow. It does not have any cartoons or fun things, which works perfectly for my kid. No distractions. Will continue using this program.
May 15, 2020
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love MM!! Wish we had it from the beginning!
February 21, 2020
12 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use and my daughter now loves doing math! I love that the teaching is in the work book! Very Homeschool friendly!
March 10, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A Math Program that actually gets done!
We've been using this for almost a month, and love it so far!
For the first time we were able to do math every day of the week.
The program is simple, pretty open and go, but it's challenging at the same time and it gets their nogging working.
The mastery approach provides plenty of practice if they need before moving on, but it also makes it easy to skip ahead if they've mastered a subject.
Also, at the beggining of each new section there's a list with links to online games or videos of the subject being introduced. We haven't needed to use them yet, but it looks very helpful.
February 20, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this!
I love this math program. I have tried several, including Abeka. It explains things in interesting ways that I have not seen before. Even though you don't have manipulatives to touch (although you can get your own) there are manipulatives printed on the paper so that your visual child can "get" it. So far there are also lots of story problems that are very helpful I think in helping the child know how to apply what they've been learning. It is engaging, and keeps the child interested by doing different things. They focus on only 1 thing at a time, but they do that one thing so many different ways that it doesn't seem like they're doing the same thing over and over. And it really works each concept into the childs' long term memory. We only do two pages a day, and it is not overwhelming. I like that there is no teacher prep also. Abeka was overwhelming for me in that area. Just open and learn with your child! If you feel they need extra practice in a certain area, Maria has videos on how to do that by practicing a few minutes a day on a dry erase board. Very simple. Love, love this, and plan on doing this again next year for my (now) 2nd and 4th graders. I got my 2nd grader Grade 1 and my 4th grader grade 3. It's a lot of review, but I didn't want gaps and they are learning some things they hadn't in their previous curriculum, so I'm glad for the review. So glad we don't dread math time anymore!!
October 26, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Like the program, would love a different format
Math Mammoth seems like a great program but we have only been using it for a few weeks. You really can't beat it for the price. However, I would be willing to pay a bit extra for a teachers manual that I could use to write notes in for future reference that also had ideas for introducing new concepts. With that being said, each chapter does have an intro with tips, tricks, and thinks to look out for. I just resorted to writing notes to myself in the child's workbook after the lesson and will use that as my teacher's guide in future years. Also, I wish a spiral bound option of the colored edition was available as sometimes the kids have a hard time keeping it open to the correct page.
September 19, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math mammoth is wonderful! I love how the concepts are not rushed and really mastered.
July 26, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Book for kids who 'get' math concepts quickly
Have used Math Mammoth with two of my children, and it is a great curriculum for them! It covers all bases and moves at a fast pace. Kids have to sort of master things like addition and multiplication facts on the side, there aren't tons of drills in the chapters themselves. For kids who need a lot of reinforcement when they are introduced to new concepts, I would recommend another series as it moves quickly. But for kids who grasp new math concepts quickly and do not need a lot of repetition, Math Mammoth is terrific! Allows kids to move quickly, learn all the basics, and have plenty of time for other things (be it more math or something else!). Love the frequent reviews and cumulative reviews as well. The author, Maria Miller, really put together a solid math curriculum! For teachers, a wonderful feature is that there is no separate teachers prep manual- all instructions are right there in the work book. So kids who are very independent can do a lot of math on their own. Thanks, Maria Miller!!
November 22, 2015
over 5 years ago

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