Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4-A Worktext (Colored Version)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4-A Worktext (Colored Version)

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ISBN: 9781942715627
Grades: 4

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In the fourth grade, students focus on multi-digit multiplication and division, learning to use bigger numbers, solving multi-step word problems that involve several operations, and they get started in studying fractions and decimals. This is of course accompanied by studies in geometry and measuring.

The year starts out with a review of addition and subtraction, patterns, and graphs. We illustrate word problems with bar diagrams and study finding missing addends, which teaches algebraic thinking. Children also learn addition and subtraction terminology, the order of operations, and statistical graphs.

Next come large numbersup to millions, and the place value concept. At first the student reviews thousands and some mental math with them. Next are presented numbers up to one million, calculations with them, the concept of place value and comparing. In the end of the chapter we find out more about millions and an introduction to multiples of 10, 100, and 1000.

The third chapter is all about multiplication. After briefly reviewing the concept and the times tables, the focus is on learning multi-digit multiplication (multiplication algorithm). The children also learn why it works when they multiply in parts. We also study the order of operations again, touch on proportional reasoning, and do more money and change related word problems.

The last chapter in part A is about time, temperature, length, weight, and volume. Students will learn to solve more complex problems using various measuring units and to convert between measuring units.

In part B, we first study division. The focus is on learning long division and using division in word problems. In geometry, we first review area and perimeter, and then concentrate on the topic of angles. Students measure and draw angles, solve simple angle problems, and classify triangles according to their angles. They also study parallel and perpendicular lines.

Fractions and decimals are presented last in the school year. These two chapters practice only some of the basic operations with fractions and decimals. The focus is still on conceptual understanding and on building a good foundation towards 5th grade math, where fractions and decimals will be in focus.


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
4
ISBN
9781942715627
Format
Binder
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
1.4 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I love this series! It builds great number sense with my kids.
Janna B on Jul 28, 2019
Trying something different for math this coming school year.
April W on Jun 13, 2019
I love this series! It builds great number sense with my kids.
Janna B on Jul 28, 2019
I have used this with several of my kids and had great success. The material is explained clearly and is very independent.
Katherine S on Jun 29, 2019
Trying something different for math this coming school year.
April W on Jun 13, 2019
We have enjoyed using Math Mammoth from 1st grade onward - thorough curriculum, open and go, no extra resources needed!
Emily H on Apr 29, 2019
Highly recommended by other homeschooling moms for right brain children who focus best with hand-on material.
Sharrolyn M on Feb 4, 2019
These are the best math books available, and they are affordable!
Jacqueline D on Jan 2, 2019
Math Mammoth takes concepts deep and gives my students an excellent foundation in mathematical reasoning. Word problems abound in this book, and I notice how well my students can reason because they have practiced it so much!
Katherine W on Jul 28, 2018
I have hused Math Mammoth for my younger students for 2 years...it is concise and gives a good understanding of material without creating unnecessary busy work.
Sinead L on Jun 15, 2018
I've been researching math programs and of all the ones I've considered I really like how this one is structured the best. The questions appear to be set up in a way that really make you think. I'm looking forward to trying it with my boy.
Hannah S on May 3, 2018
Looking for a new math curriculum and it was recommended by a friend.
Karen W on Nov 8, 2017
Using MM
Maxine J on Sep 19, 2017
I like the conciseness of the explanations and the way it's presented. It's logical. I don't assign all the problems in one day. I give them practice on things and if they seem to get the concept, I move onto the next step. If they don't, we go back and do the problems that weren't assigned. Works great!
Anne F on Sep 18, 2017
Advertised as a promotion from Rainbow Resource. Made me check it out and I want to try it!
Kerri R on May 23, 2017
Maria Miller sets things out in a clear manner, making it easy for parents and students to understand.
Elizabeth C on May 22, 2017
The curriculum originally picked for the school year was too time intensive for the teacher. MM appeals because it directly instructs the student and teaches multiples ways to reason about math. So it satisfies my teaching inclinations as well as being practical in our family circumstances. It also compromises between a mastery approach and a spiral approach. We used MM in the past and the children have fond memories of it. That is a high recommendation coming from math strugglers.
Bethany R on Oct 13, 2016
This is our second year using Math Mammoth and we love it.
Sara B on Oct 2, 2016
Professionally recommended move from Math U See due to advancing skills.
Paula F on Jul 6, 2016
finding the right math curriculum for our severely dyslexic child.
Jacqueline B on Mar 17, 2016
Working to get my child up to speed in math and this seemed like a good curriculum!
Michelle G on Oct 7, 2015
I have used this with several of my kids and had great success. The material is explained clearly and is very independent.
Katherine S on Jun 29, 2019
We have enjoyed using Math Mammoth from 1st grade onward - thorough curriculum, open and go, no extra resources needed!
Emily H on Apr 29, 2019
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Excellent Self-Led Math Curriculum
I have used Math Mammoth for 1st grade up until now using the 4th grade book. It is easy to follow and honestly is self teaching. Both of my sons are able to complete it with some help on days and other days no help from me at all. The free videos are also such a gift when one of my sons is stuck on something to have another reinforcement. It forces your kids to be strong in mental math which I really value.
February 14, 2020
Purchased
7 months ago
Easy to Follow
My son's favorite math. Easy to follow, takes it in slow steps building upon each new concept. Because it is aligned with common core, it does include a few different ways to think about and solve problems. Some of those we use, sometimes they help my son. Sometimes they confuse him so we skip to a way that works for him. Workbooks that keep his attention. I will use this through pre-algebra.
March 10, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
So far so good
We're only a few lessons in but so far it's been a great resource that explains things well without being overwhelming. My kids have enjoyed this curriculum.
September 15, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Great Review
After focusing on writing last year, my son needed more of a review this year for Math. He is flying through the book! The instructions are great!
November 10, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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