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

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

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Item #: 031512
ISBN: 9781942715016
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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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
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
Love this curriculum! I've tried a few different ones, and this one has been the most effective for my 1st grade boy so far!
Amanda V on Oct 28, 2020
friend's recommendation
Jiansheng H on Oct 19, 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
Kathy Duffy Review top 102... it's like Singapore but reasonable price
Debbie E on Jul 28, 2020
Great math curriculum. Gentle advancement and thorough.
Becky B on Jul 18, 2020
Like Math Mammoth, workbook is easier than having to print out the electronic pdfs
Colleen V on May 26, 2020
My older kids are using it and it is the same work they are getting in school.
tracy w on May 25, 2020
I love that MM has a colored work text option! We are switching from R&S.
Kylie K on Jan 21, 2020
Logical progression in teaching math.
Fawn W on Oct 21, 2019
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
Great math curriculum, it's the next book for my student!
Valerie L on Aug 5, 2019
recommended by friend
Karen H on Jun 1, 2019
I keep hearing good reviews about this math program and that it's not teacher intensive. We are switching from Right Start Math B to this to see if my daughter starts to enjoy math more. I feel like the topics covered in this level are more true to first grade expectations than Right Start B, even though I love RS Math and have used it very successfully with my son. Hope it's a good fit!
Sherri S on May 8, 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
Even though I already own the e-version of this course, printing it out at home is just too much! Buying the printed and bound copy through RR is cheaper than at home printing or going through a copy center. Thank you so much RR!
Elizabeth S on Feb 7, 2019
Excellent math curriculum
Abby F on Aug 23, 2018
We use Math Mammoth as our math homeschooling curriculum
User on Aug 19, 2018
it seems like a good series and I liked the video support
Sangeeta B on Jun 5, 2018
daughter is excelling at math and likes this method.
Amanda M on Apr 17, 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
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
Teacher and student were successful with Grade 1-A text so we're ready to move on to the next installment!
Ivo A on Mar 14, 2017
Liked the focus on number sense, color version, and worktext format
Melissa S on Oct 23, 2016
A friend recommended it to me. I liked the color feature, and the price was right.
Sarah R on Sep 7, 2016
enjoy math mammoth, and have the complete download set, but this is much more convenient.
Stacey T on Jul 26, 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 have tried multiple other math curriculums with my middle child, which failed severely. We did the placement test, which she did well with and she was very excited. Hoping that this is our answer to math:)
shirley m on Mar 16, 2016
Great price and great reviews
User on Feb 19, 2016
Patricia G on Jan 31, 2016
have mammoth 1a light blue... have been using math u see at homeschool co-op... much prefer mammoth & want to work ahead at home with 2 kids.
halyn g on Nov 12, 2015
Love this curriculum! I've tried a few different ones, and this one has been the most effective for my 1st grade boy so far!
Amanda V on Oct 28, 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
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I used math mammoth last year for my 4th grader and was quite impressed. It was easy for her to learn and do on her own yet gave her many critical thinking problems.
We started MM 1 with my first grader over the summer and it has a gentle and thorough approach. Since he’s not reading well, he doesn’t do it independently but working through it together, I’m excited about the program.
August 18, 2020
4 months ago
Wonderful math program! The best we have ever tried!!
February 21, 2020
10 months ago
Fantastic first year of math!
June 20, 2019
over 4 years ago
Great curriculum choice for independent students
My first grader loved using this to teach himself, with help from mom only when needed. The colorful version was worth a few bucks to help keep him interested and the pictures easy to see. Ordering 2nd grade this week!
May 18, 2017
over 3 years ago
Did a lot of research on Grade 1 math curriculum; this ended up on the short list. We tried sample content from 3 or 4 vendors and Mammoth was well liked by tutor (mom) and well enough by student. Now starting this part 2 and he's progressing very well. I'm guessing if we get through the whole thing by the end of the summer he'll be in really good shape should we put him back in a classroom.
April 17, 2017
over 3 years ago

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