Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-A Worktext

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-A Worktext

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Item #: 054626
ISBN: 9781942715825
Grades: 2

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Publisher Description:

The four main areas of study for second grade are:

  • Understanding of the base-ten system within 1000. This includes place value with three-digit numbers, skip- counting in fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens, and ones (within 1000). (chapters 6 and 8);
  • Develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 100, including solving word problems, regrouping in addition, and regrouping in subtraction (chapters 1, 3, 4, and 8);
  • Using standard units of measure (chapter 7);
  • Describing and analyzing shapes (chapter 5).

Additional topics we study are time/clock (chapter 2), money (chapter 9), introduction to multiplication (chapter 10), and bar graphs and picture graphs (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.

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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giving it it a try since it has been recommended multiple times.
Yesenia S on Jun 15, 2020
It has a good reputation among prior users
Kelly Y on May 12, 2020
giving it it a try since it has been recommended multiple times.
Yesenia S on Jun 15, 2020
already had 2B- liked the material
Jathaniel P on May 30, 2020
It has a good reputation among prior users
Kelly Y on May 12, 2020
I chose it for a summer math course and also because I like to do a semester of another curriculum before starting Singapore 2A.
Melanie S on May 1, 2020
we are loving this math
Jenna G on Apr 26, 2020
I love Math Mammoth! I've used it for many years with each one of my children. My children all have different learning styles but it has worked for everyone. I love how clearly the instructions are laid out for each lesson. Once my child can read, they are able to work through the books independently. I am amazed at how much they have learned through this curriculum!
Katie H on Jan 30, 2020
Recommended by a parent
Prathima S on Oct 21, 2019
Remedial work
Shellie L on Mar 16, 2019
Needed the next one for my son
Lindsey G on Nov 5, 2018
We have been homeschooling for 14 years and have found this series to be very helpful in helping our younger children learn and understand math concepts. It encourages critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills and is not simply a rote learning curricula. It is also very affordable which is another factor in our decision process.
John C on Oct 23, 2018
We used the Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for Grades 1 & 2 with both of my girls last year and made great progress in math! I really love how the series explains math concepts and that it is open and go.
Mollie B on Oct 3, 2018
Traditional wasn't permitting retention. This way works best for us.
Amanda M on Apr 17, 2018
Just needed some additional practice and help with our existing math curriculum.
Michael P on Apr 7, 2018
Great Mastery-based curriculum and the workbooks are cheaper than the cost of the ink from my printer to print out pages!
Janice B on Sep 16, 2017
I have checked several sites, including math mammoth and cathy duffy reiviews. Based on the reviews and texts I could look over these seems like the best choice for teaching my daughter math.
User on Jun 21, 2017
I've taught middle school math grades 5-9 for 10 years and I've evaluated lots of curriculum. I've found the Math Mammoth is top notch!
Matt J on May 23, 2017
"Using higher level for my 5th grader. Feel it is a comprehensive program meeting our needs at this time."
Brian C on Oct 11, 2016
Right Start did not have enough review
Renee H on Sep 26, 2016
I chose to use this math for my 2nd grader based on the instructions included with each lesson. We looked through it together and she lit up because she understood the concepts it was teaching. I think this will prove to be something she can do with minimal guidance and help, which is how we work through most things. We are very excited.
Shilo L on Oct 6, 2015
already had 2B- liked the material
Jathaniel P on May 30, 2020
I chose it for a summer math course and also because I like to do a semester of another curriculum before starting Singapore 2A.
Melanie S on May 1, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Super curriculum, as always
We have been using Math Mammoth for Grade 1 through Pre-Algebra for all of our children. It doesn't limit you to Common Core, it teaches for thorough understanding. Various approaches for each topic are instructed.
September 25, 2020
4 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My child enjoys this curriculum. He is an independent learner and can navigate the directions very well.
March 15, 2019
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
No need to buy manipulatives
My child likes this book. It is a challenge, but she is able to understand the concepts with little explanation and help from me. She would rather practice in a workbook than use hands-on manipulatives, so this is a great fit for her. (It is designed so that you can use simple household objects, though, if needed.). I spent a lot of time researching math programs, and this is one of the best. And the price is very reasonable. It provides many online activities to practice the concepts as well. We recommend it!
September 16, 2016
over 4 years ago

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