Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 4-7 CD

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grades 4-7 CD

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Item #: 054563
Grades: 4-7

Publisher Description:

This bundle contains grades 4-7 from the Light Blue Series, and includes the supportive materials (answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, and worksheet maker) for each grade.

Computer requirements for the CD. The CDs work in any operating system (Mac, Linux, or Windows), because they are not a software in themselves. They simply contain the PDF files (ebooks), and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

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 have used 1-3 and it has worked well for our oldest so we will be continuing with it. we plan to use all levels for our subsequent children. very easy to use, challanging, solid.
Jeremy G on May 2, 2022
This upcoming school year will be our third year homeschooling and we have loved Math Mammoth! We have used it since we started our journey and I have no plans to stop using it.
Kimberly M on Mar 13, 2021
we have used 1-3 and it has worked well for our oldest so we will be continuing with it. we plan to use all levels for our subsequent children. very easy to use, challanging, solid.
Jeremy G on May 2, 2022
Great value and great for families with many ages of homeschoolers-- we can keep printing the curriculum as each child gets to that grade.
Angela W on Aug 8, 2021
This upcoming school year will be our third year homeschooling and we have loved Math Mammoth! We have used it since we started our journey and I have no plans to stop using it.
Kimberly M on Mar 13, 2021
Recommended on a blog. All of my children are 4th grade and higher so we chose this series.
Laura K on Mar 1, 2021
We used Saxon last year and didn't like how heavy on review it was. I did a ton of research and spoke to lots of homeschooling parents, and this seemed like the most popular and successful based on how my kids learn. Excited to try it, and it was only slightly more expensive to purchase the bundle than to purchase 2 grades individually. We have 1 4th grader and 1 6th grader, so if this is successful this year, we'll have math for next year also! and 2 additional years for my youngest!
Nicole I on Feb 25, 2021
Hoping this will work for my kids who started in public school.
MaryBeth S on Nov 10, 2020
It's a complete curriculum and great for independent students.
Angelique M on Jun 23, 2020
Going to give it a try and hope this is the right math for my daughter.
Gina G on Mar 25, 2020
Looking for more in-depth explanations of concepts versus Singapore Primary math. Also looking for a different scope/sequence that more closely aligns with Common Core.
Donetta W on Jun 9, 2019
great price!
User on Apr 25, 2019
Already used Grades 1-3 CD to great success with 2 children!
Julia V on May 16, 2018
I used Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for Grades 1-3 and have really enjoyed the curriculum!
Andrea G on May 9, 2018
We have tried many different math curriculums over the 20+ years we have been homeschooling. Math Mammoth Light Blue Series has proven to be the most effective and time efficient method for me as a mom of many. It is easy to use manipulatives to help your kinesthetic learners, but the varied ways in which a concept is presented equally encourages all types of learners. My children and I have thrived with this curriculum. I highly recommend it!!
Angela K on Mar 23, 2018
Looks like a comprehensive curriculum for different grades.
Teresa J on Aug 30, 2017
I have 4 children in grades K - 6
Laura J on May 19, 2017
We used grades 1-3 and wanted to continue with Math Mammoth. It has that repetition and constant review of past lessons a lot of children need while still being affordable.
Robin R on Nov 28, 2016
recommended by other homeschool parents & great price
james b on Sep 17, 2016
like the curriculum
Jennifer B on Aug 22, 2016
This curriculum was recommended to us and it was a good price.
Karen D on Aug 12, 2016
We thought it would be a good choice for our homeschool math curriculum.
Sarah V on Apr 7, 2016
Second purchase of Math Mammoth, it is a great program. I love the emphasis on mental math and the ability to generate additional practice sheets is very easy.
Emily L on Mar 25, 2016
Great value and great for families with many ages of homeschoolers-- we can keep printing the curriculum as each child gets to that grade.
Angela W on Aug 8, 2021
Recommended on a blog. All of my children are 4th grade and higher so we chose this series.
Laura K on Mar 1, 2021
what topics/skills are covered for grade 5 and 6?
A shopper on Oct 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Grade 5 covers the four operations with whole numbers, place value with large numbers and the judicious use of calculator, problem solving & simple equations, decimal arithmetic (all operations with decimals), statistics and graphing, fraction arithmetic (all operations with fractions; fraction division is only dealt with in special cases), geometry: review of angles, area, and perimeter; drawing circles; classifying triangles & quadrilaterals; volume of rectangular prisms.
Grade 6 covers a review of the basic operations with whole numbers, beginning algebra topics: expressions, equations, and inequalities; review of all decimal arithmetic; introduction to ratios and percent; prime factorization, GCF, and LCM; a review of fraction arithmetic from 5th grade, plus a focus on division of fractions; the concept of integers, coordinate grid, addition & subtraction of integers; geometry: review of quadrilaterals & drawing problems; area of triangles & polygons;
volume of rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths; surface area; statistics: concept of distribution, measures of center, measures of variation, boxplots, stem-and-leaf plots, and histograms.
Is the colored version provided on the CD?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the worktexts are in color are on the CD. If you wanted to have black and white prints you can print in grayscale and the little pictures are still clear. I have printed the pages both ways.
Are there audible prompts on the CD? Or is it just PDF's for printing?
User on Oct 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I purchased the grades 4-7 cd. This includes all student workbooks both part A and B for the listed grade levels. It also includes the answer key. It does not have audio. It is mostly for printing but I was told you can download it to your computer from the cd and then the student can type their answers into the computer. However it does not check the students solutions for you. The answer key is found on the cd as well.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Thorough and enjoyable for my kids doesn’t fee repetitive
July 23, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
best of the best
Math Mammoth is a straightforward and complete math program for kindergarten through at least 7th grade. It is open-and-go for both students and teachers, and it's affordable. Whether you use the graded or topical materials (the latter to fill holes in your students' knowledge base), you can't go wrong. It turned my student from math-phobic to math-confident.

While it's designed for students to work through the worktext---which can be done on paper or on a small whiteboard---I've found it best to let my student work through what she can, with me nearby for help when needed.

The author includes relevant, free online games as well as suggestions for manipulatives to reinforce concepts, accessible to multiple learning styles. Reading the introduction to each section helps the teacher. Questions? The author posts YouTube videos, teaching several concepts and offering ways to show them to students.

My only regret with Math Mammoth is not learning about it several years sooner. If you're on the fence about math curriculum, check out the Math Mammoth's website for samples and talk with Rainbow Resource's consultants; both helped me decide!
May 11, 2020

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