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

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

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ISBN: 9781942715634
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
9781942715634
Format
Binder
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
Weight
1.05 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.44"
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Virginia Y on Jul 31, 2020
Finishing up third grade and moving along! Great math program! :))
halyn g on Feb 7, 2020
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Virginia Y on Jul 31, 2020
needed a mid year change from saxon. needed topic based lessons, more linear approach with multiple strategies.
laura r on Mar 18, 2020
Finishing up third grade and moving along! Great math program! :))
halyn g on Feb 7, 2020
We went through many math programs and nothing click with my son, We finally landing on Math Mammoth and it worked for him without being overwhelming.
Tracey S on Aug 29, 2019
I love this series! It builds great number sense with my kids.
Janna B on Jul 28, 2019
I chose this because it is not overwhelming, it stays on track with requirements, the kids can learn independently and we like having all the additional resources.
Gina T on Dec 19, 2018
We LOVE Math Mammoth! It has been a great fit for my advanced little guy
User on Oct 11, 2018
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 twins so I need two workbooks
Brittany M on Dec 2, 2017
We have been using Math Mammoth 4 A and like it a lot.
Sinead L on Nov 15, 2017
We've used Mammoth Math in the past and we are happy with this program.
Karyn H on Jun 19, 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
I felt it was a good fit for my son.
Miriam D on Mar 31, 2017
Math Mammoth is one of the best values in homeschool math. Maria Miller is quite thorough. Her curriculum challenges any math curriculum available.
Kimberly R on Jan 27, 2017
I have the CD, but at this price, it is cheaper to buy than print.
Susan L on Jan 22, 2017
I used Math Mammoth in the past with my older daughter. Very clear instructions, good format for math problems. It prepared her so well that when she decided to go to public school, she was a grade ahead and had to accelerate for math. Now my younger daughter is using the same product with success, although she has a very different learning style than my older.
Anna S on Jan 13, 2017
Heard this was a good math program and wanted the worktext to be in color
Jamie S on Aug 18, 2016
My daughter has really thrived on this math program. She has completed 1-2nd grade, and I have now purchased grades 3 and 4.
Steven F on Aug 17, 2016
Math Mammoth is one of the best math curriculum we have used. I've used it for 3 years now for both my kids ages 8 and 12. Curriculum author is responsive. I emailed her with question and she responded that day. I think it is easy for parents to use, focus is on student learning number sense , it's a mastery program so students have time to really master basic concepts,and it's economical. I've been using the downloaded version and love the soft pack but I personally do better with a book.
Amber W on Aug 11, 2016
Professionally recommended move from Math U See due to advancing skills.
Paula F on Jul 6, 2016
We really liked Grade 4-A work text
Jacqueline B on Mar 17, 2016
Son finished 4-A quickly and these books are so helpful that he can figure out how to do the problems without much help on my part!
Michelle G on Feb 22, 2016
Easy to follow math curriculum at a good price.
Summer A on Jan 11, 2016
needed a mid year change from saxon. needed topic based lessons, more linear approach with multiple strategies.
laura r on Mar 18, 2020
We went through many math programs and nothing click with my son, We finally landing on Math Mammoth and it worked for him without being overwhelming.
Tracey S on Aug 29, 2019
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