Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5-A Worktext (Colored Version)

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5-A Worktext (Colored Version)

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Item #: 062816
ISBN: 9781942715665
Grades: 5

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Publisher Description:

The two books (worktext part A and part B) deal with:

  • 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

The fifth grade is time for fractions and decimals, in particular. In part 5-A, we study decimals in depth and with substantial detail. Students also deepen their understanding of whole numbers, learn much more problem solving, and get introduced to the calculator.

The year starts out with a study of whole numbers and their operations. Students get to review multi-digit multiplication and learn long division with two-digit divisors. We also review divisibility and factors from fourth grade, and study prime factorization.

In the second chapter, the focus is on large numbers and using a calculator. This is the first time a calculator is introduced in Math Mammoth complete curriculumthus far, all calculations have been done mentally, or with paper and pencil. I want students to learn to be critical in their use of the calculatoruse it with good judgment. Every exercise where calculator use is to be allowed is marked with a little calculator symbol.

The third chapter is about equations and problem solving. We study simple equations with the help of a balance and bar models. The main idea is to get students used to the idea of an equation and what it means to solve an equation. Students also do a fair amount of problem solving using the visual bar model.

The fourth chapter is about decimals and their operations. It is a long chapter because now is the time to learn decimal operations well. It is assumed that the student already has a solid foundation for decimal place value, as taught in Math Mammoth 4th grade curriculum. That is the true means of preventing common misconceptions, or students resorting to rote memorization of the decimal operations.

In chapter 5 we study graphing in a coordinate grid, line and bar graphs, and average and mode. Today's world has become increasingly complex, with lots of data in the media, so our children need a good grasp of graphs to be able to make sense of all that information.

Chapter 6 is about the addition and subtraction of fractionsanother focus topic for 5th grade, besides decimals. Students learn to add and subtract unlike fractions, using the technique of first converting them to equivalent like fractions.

In chapter 7, we study the multiplication and division of fractions (division only in special cases), relying first on visual models, and then proceeding to the abstract shortcuts.

Chapter 8 takes us to geometry, starting with a review of angles and polygons. From there, students will learn to draw circles, to classify triangles and quadrilaterals, and the concept of volume in the context of right rectangular prisms.

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 had a great experience using Math Mammoth for homeschooling in the past. Now we would like to use them to study for a math acceleration exam.
Jason P on Mar 27, 2023
We did Math Mammoth grade 4 last year, and it was a good experience, and since we may eventually go back to public school, I wanted to stick with Common Core aligned math. Easy for my child to do fairly independently!
Elizabeth S on Aug 6, 2021
We had a great experience using Math Mammoth for homeschooling in the past. Now we would like to use them to study for a math acceleration exam.
Jason P on Mar 27, 2023
I like that this series basically teaches itself. It's very comprehensive and challenging.
Amanda on May 31, 2022
We did Math Mammoth grade 4 last year, and it was a good experience, and since we may eventually go back to public school, I wanted to stick with Common Core aligned math. Easy for my child to do fairly independently!
Elizabeth S on Aug 6, 2021
used for older kids
Tina T on Jun 29, 2021
USPS lost my original order.
Rebecca N on Sep 15, 2020
Great math curriculum. We have the downloads but it's too expensive to print them at our local print store. We enjoy this math tremendously and have seen great results.
clearwaters14 on Sep 13, 2020
We have heard good things
mel o on Aug 29, 2020
I love this series! It provides clear and easy to follow instreuctions and explainations. The workbooks provide a lesson-a-day pace for our family that teaches the entire curriculum without much additional written work. We have been using this series since Level 2.
Ariel G on May 12, 2020
used it with my other kid
Justina R on Apr 27, 2020
My kids find Math Mammoth easy to follow. I find it easy to teach. I am able to look through lessons the day before and create instructions or reteach myself so I can help my child. Math Mammoth can be self taught with a little guidance or taught by you. The colored version is what my kids prefer so I'm not sure how the B&W version differs. I have grades 2-5 and will continue with them. Lessons are easy to scan through and teach. The online videos help when needed.
Katelyn T on Apr 21, 2020
We have used previous grade levels and love this program!
JAVALVR on Apr 2, 2020
After a poor experience with Math U See in first grade, we switched to Math Mammoth and have been pleased ever since. A solid curriculum that teaches multiple problem-solving methods, works in periodic review, and even lists online practice resources. Very pleased with this curriculum--I just wish it went all the way through calculus!
Elizabeth C on Mar 4, 2020
Finishing up third grade and moving along! Great math program! :))
halyn g on Feb 7, 2020
I feel like it's fairly thorough in what it covers and I appreciate how it presents topics, such as addition, in a variety of ways so my kids can pick which one fits their learning style best. I also appreciate that it uses technical language instead of "dumbing" it down.
Cara H on Oct 15, 2019
Straight forward explanations and examples. My kids like working through the texts.
Ronald L on Sep 3, 2019
top rated program
Maria G on Aug 28, 2019
friend recommended
Jeane H on Aug 23, 2019
It was recommended in the HS group and the curriculum looks well planned and easy for the student to follow and for the parent to teach.
Aleksey L on Aug 12, 2019
Having the teachers guide as part of the workbook makes Math Mammoth so helpful. The colored text helps to break up the page.
andrea h on Jun 4, 2019
Planning on using this for math curriculum next year.
Amy W on Dec 10, 2018
Both my boys did really well with this curriculum and I love the resources they give you also
Gina T on Sep 30, 2018
I have used Math Mammoth in the past and I like it.
amy w on Jul 17, 2018
I am happy with this curriculum and want to continue it for our oldest.
Morgan S on Jun 16, 2018
This is a great math program. While it did not work for my 2 dyslexic children didn't do well with it, my two visual learners LOVE it. The color is definitely worth the extra cost.
Jordan V on Dec 14, 2017
I was looking for something challenging for my son.
Fanese F on Sep 13, 2017
This math curriculum seems like a good fit for my son and it is affordable.
Heather J on Apr 2, 2017
We love Math Mammoth. We will never use another curriculum for math!
Amy F on Mar 21, 2017
I like the visually appealing way that the curriculum is laid out. It provides the perfect amount of work per day..not too much but enough for mastery of material
Pamela P on Sep 7, 2016
I like Math Mammoth.
Cecily W on Sep 6, 2016
I love Math Mammoth for every age, especially the challenge and the clear layout for these middle levels- 3, 4, and 5
betsy k on Aug 25, 2016
Recommended by a friend
Jennifer C on Sep 23, 2015
I like that this series basically teaches itself. It's very comprehensive and challenging.
Amanda on May 31, 2022
used for older kids
Tina T on Jun 29, 2021
Is this the most recent version. 2021? Please advise. I'm looking to purchase both Grade 4 and 5.
A shopper on Aug 23, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Math Mammoth current edition:
Grades 1 and 2 – 2012
Grade 3 – 2018
Grades 4 and 5 – 2020
Grade 6 – 2022
Grade 7 – 2014/15
Is this the 2020 edition?
Leanne on Apr 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I ordered this book last year in August and the copyright says 2017-2019. Printing 1/2019.
Considering switching from grade 4 Singapore Math to grade 5 Math Mammoth - will plan on giving my kid the placement test, but would appreciate any feedback from folks that have made a similar switch. How was your transition? Thanks!
Noelia on Jan 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: When we homeschooled we used Singapore. Now my children attend a classical school that uses Math Mammoth & they transitioned very well. I like having Maria Miller’s videos on YouTube as a backup in case my children need additional instruction. Hope this helps!
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My son loves using this workbook.
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