# Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3-A Worktext (Colored Version)

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Third grade is a time for learning and mastering two (mostly new) operations: multiplication and division within 100. The student also deepens his understanding of addition and subtraction, and uses those in many different contexts, such as with money, time, and geometry.

The main areas of study in Math Mammoth Grade 3 are:

1. Students develop an understanding of multiplication and division of whole numbers through problems involving equal-sized groups, arrays, and area models. They learn the relationship between multiplication and division, and solve many word problems involving multiplication and division (chapters 2, 3, and 9). They learn the multiplication tables, and learn how to use their knowledge of multiplication tables to solve basic division facts.
2. Students develop an understanding of fractions, beginning with unit fractions. They use fractions along with visual fraction models and on a number line. They also compare fractions by using visual fraction models and strategies based on noticing equal numerators or denominators (chapter 10).
3. Students learn the concepts of area and perimeter. They relate area to multiplication and to addition, recognize perimeter as a linear measure (in contrast with area), and solve problems involving area and perimeter (chapter 7).
4. Students fluently add and subtract within 1,000, both mentally and in columns (with regrouping). They learn to add and subtract 4-digit numbers, and use addition and subtraction in problem solving (chapters 1 and 6).
5. Additional topics we study are time (chapter 4), money (chapter 5), measuring (chapter 8), and bar graphs and pictographs (in various chapters).

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.

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. homeschoolmath.net) 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.

Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
3
ISBN
9781942715498
Format
Binder
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
0.95 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.38"
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I love how the focus is on truly understanding math and Maria's videos are so helpful. She is also prompt to respond to emails and so helpful...I highly value this in choosing a curriculum!
on May 21, 2023
Used the Grade 2 light blue and found it easy to work with and the kids are in a groove.
on Nov 18, 2022
I love how the focus is on truly understanding math and Maria's videos are so helpful. She is also prompt to respond to emails and so helpful...I highly value this in choosing a curriculum!
on May 21, 2023
My son has used MM for grades 1 and 2 and has done so well. I love that it's open and go and that the instruction is built right into the workbook. It simplifies my life so much!! As a mama of four, the simplicity yet strength of this program has been excellent!! Plus the fact that it's affordable! It's just a win all the way around for us!
on Jan 19, 2023
My son has used MM for grades 1 and 2 and has done so well. I love that it's open and go and that the instruction is built right into the workbook. It simplifies my life so much!! As a mama of four, the simplicity yet strength of this program has been excellent!! Plus the fact that it's affordable! It's just a win all the way around for us!
on Jan 19, 2023
Great math course. All in one book and online videos for each unit for free.
on Jul 31, 2022
switching from Singapore math, how do I determine which grade for my child? (is it as challenging as Singapore math or on a different level... would grade 3 be comparable across programs?)
on Mar 3, 2023
BEST ANSWER: Math Mammoth is challenging, but it depends on how your student learns. I have a mathematically inclined child that excelled with this curriculum. I switched from Math Mammoth to Singapore with a different child because Singapore is more hands on and visual for that learner. I would look at the table of contents, as Singapore does introduce some concepts in earlier grades than Math Mammoth. The Math Mammoth website has samples you can download if you want to see a more robust sample. A random side note - my math loving child performed better when the books were in color, than when I purchased the black and white version. I mention that because there are some editions of Singapore in color, and others in black and white.
Are these book coil bound?
A shopper on May 25, 2022
BEST ANSWER: No. They have a glued spine. The lay open flat and aren't very thick, so they're easy to write in. They're also available in PDF on the math mammoth website so you can downloand it and print unbound from home.
When you buy a Math mammoth worktext on its own (not as part of a package), is there an answer key in the back?
A shopper on Jun 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, there is not. The answer key is a separate publication and covers both the A & B books of each level.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to follow. Allows for child to work independently
May 4, 2021
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over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love these books!
The Math Mammoth books are interesting and present the material well. A great bargain!
March 21, 2021
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over 2 years ago
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Wonderful!
July 23, 2020
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over 3 years ago
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impressive!
This arrived sooner than I expected and looked so nice. I'm glad I paid the extra few bucks for the full color version, it came out very professional and my son actually enjoyed working in the book. Would definitely buy again.
June 9, 2017
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over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Straightforward, logical, simple.
I really like this series, I will use it again. It is just the right amount of repetition. I like how it is laid out and emphasis on logic and reasoning.
March 8, 2016
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over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great!
My daughter needed a review . . . . and some sort of support for Math as it is not her best subject. She has been doing great in this book. The lessons are well laid out and have great instruction.
November 10, 2015
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over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5