Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-B Worktext

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 2-B Worktext

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ISBN: 9781480042629
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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 mathmammoth.com 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. 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
Grade
2
ISBN
9781480042629
EAN
5800081917236
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
1.0516 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.34"
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This curriculum is excellent.
Heather T on Nov 29, 2020
It has a good reputation among prior users.
Kelly Y on May 12, 2020
This curriculum is excellent.
Heather T on Nov 29, 2020
Excellent curriculum. Instructs various approaches to topics. It is Common Core approved, however, full lessons are provided. There is indication where to stop and not finish lesson if you're following Common Core.
Deborah S on Aug 23, 2020
It has a good reputation among prior users.
Kelly Y on May 12, 2020
we are loving this math
Jenna G on Apr 26, 2020
We like the series and were ready for book B.
Hannah B on Feb 16, 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
already have the grade 3 series
Janelle E on Oct 30, 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
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
to supplement the Bridges curriculum
JOYCE on Sep 13, 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
My son is going to 3rd grade but still needs to brush up on a few 2nd grade skills. This summer will begin his first year homeschooling.
Kandice B on Apr 10, 2017
I felt it would help us brush up.
Miriam D on Mar 31, 2017
Math mammoth is everything needed for a complete math learning experience and nothing you don't. It is simple, straightforward, and very cost effective.
Kristina S on Jan 11, 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
It would be cheaper than printing the worktexts myself.
Tricia L on Jun 18, 2016
I have tried numerous math curricula with my son but we have not found anything that really clicks with him. I like that Math Mammoth uses a mastery approach and it sounds like it will also give him a better conceptual understanding vs just rote memorization.
Amanda S on Jan 31, 2016
It's in black and white! Cheaper than me purchasing the e-book and printing!
Rebecca W on Dec 31, 2015
Excellent curriculum. Instructs various approaches to topics. It is Common Core approved, however, full lessons are provided. There is indication where to stop and not finish lesson if you're following Common Core.
Deborah S on Aug 23, 2020
we are loving this math
Jenna G on Apr 26, 2020
If I need just second semester for a second grader what do I need? Would second grade book b be all
A shopper on Jan 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I think that depends on what you've covered in the first semester and what's covered in Book B, for second semester. It's best to check what's listed on your curriculum expectations. Plus, I personally like the Test and Review Book as well, to be thorough in my teaching and to help reinforce lessons with my kids.
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We use Math Mammoth for additional practice with Singapore Math. Both programs are very good. I like Math Mammoth because of the different way the material is taught and presented. The puzzles make the kids apply the lesson learned. Mammoth extends the addition and subtraction material in level 2, whereas in Singapore, the pace is faster.
February 13, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Homeschool affordable!
Loved this math program. I had looked at Saxon and other various math programs, but so expensive! Did not have to buy manipulatives, but used resources around our home. Author also includes links for additional math resources for each chapter. Worked great for our son. He tested well above his school age peers, so we are pretty happy.
October 20, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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