Go Math! National Homeschool Package Grade 1

Go Math! National Homeschool Package Grade 1

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Item #: 064310
ISBN: 9780544875012
Grades: 1

Category Description for Go Math! Grade 1:

Covers addition/subtraction concepts and strategies; addition/subtraction relationships; count/model/compare numbers; two-digit addition/subtraction; measurement; time to half hour; and represent data.

Please note that although digital resources are mentioned throughout the teacher's material and student books, most of these are not available to homeschoolers. Although these do sound interesting, access to the digital resources is not necessary to use the program.

Category Description for Go Math! (HMH):

Opening the cover and flipping through the first several pages of the student math books in this series may leave you a bit confused. Take the 2nd grade for example. The first page is a gorgeous picture of a whale and the next several pages, with equally beautiful photos, talk about the different kinds of whales and where they are usually found. Theres even a map on most pages so you can pinpoint the location. Accompanying questions Where is the Pacific Ocean on the map? will do nothing to help sort things out. Did you just drop into a geography lesson thinking you were in math? Nope! This really is math at its newest and cross-curricular best. Perhaps I should have mentioned the part where the scientist sees a group of 27 fin whales how many tens in the number 27?

Fun is integral to this program something that is often sought in math programs but rarely found. Student books are colorful; chapters are introduced with interesting trivia-types of information that is somehow always math related. For instance, the White House has 412 doors and 147 windows; suppose 10 parrot fish are eating at a coral reef . . . . Photos (i.e. parrot fish, White House) engage the eyes as well as the mind. Introductory activities typically include review, games, vocabulary activities, more games all under the heading of Show What You Know and ending with Write Way, a journal-type writing activity. Lessons are consistent in daily format but have a progression through a chapter. Lesson components include Listen and Draw (hands on activities), Share and Show (related problems), On Your Own (small set of problems), Problem Solving/Application (word problems), and Practice and Homework pages that include Lesson Check and Spiral Review problems. The Teacher books lead the student through these lesson components as an interactive dialog and incorporating activities.

Digital Resources are mentioned throughout the teachers material and to a lesser degree in the student books. However, its important to note that most of these resources are not available with the purchase of the homeschool packages. The exception to this is the well-done and entertaining Math on the Spot videos that are accessed via QR codes in the Student Books. Examples similar to various problems in the Student Books are worked step-by-step by a teacher sort of real person talking to a muppet sort of student. Unavailable resources include interactive teachers and student versions of the text, a Personal Math Trainer (additional practice), animated math models, and some virtual manipulatives. While some of these sound interesting, none of them are integral to the program.

There is a progression through the chapters. For instance, the 2nd grade chapter on 3 Digit Addition and Subtraction has these lessons: draw to represent 3 digit addition; break apart 3-digit addends (separate into hundreds, tens, ones); 3-digit addition, regroup ones; 3-digit addition, regroup tens; addition, regroup ones & tens; problem-solving, 3 digit subtraction; 3-digit subtraction, regroup tens; 3-digit subtraction, regroup hundreds, subtraction, regroup hundreds & tens; regrouping with zeros. A glossary in pictures in the early elementary courses in the back of both student and teacher books provides consistent definitions.

Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. These are the core elements of this program; designed to capture childrens interest, to communicate that math is involved in all aspects of their lives, to give them the opportunity to multi-sensorially delve into math concepts while at the same time systematically practicing and reviewing what has been learned. The Teachers and Student Books work together providing instructional dialog, manipulative-based illustration of concepts, worked examples, reinforcement games and monitored practice. This is probably a good place to mention that while it will be very tempting to try to do this course with just the Student Books since they are available as a set, there is practically no instruction in them and the teacher will find herself having to supply instructional content (as well as answers) with minimal cues.

The Planning Guide provides daily lesson plans, a chapter pacing chart, sections on daily classroom management as well as differentiated and specialized instruction; plus a wealth of math educational philosophy. Please note that there is mention in the Planning Guide of various online resources that are not available for homeschoolers using this material. The publishers have selected from the course components the elements they believe make a cost-effective yet complete set of materials for homeschoolers.

While this program obviously pays a lot of attention to its Es, there is a C and an M that are conspicuously missing. Computational practice is minimal. In fact, daily lessons have surprisingly few problems with the number of daily practice and homework problems range from just a handful in the lower grades to averaging 10-20 in the upper grades. Also missing is any emphasis on the Memorization of math facts. While some may applaud this de-emphasis, others might find they would like to add some sort of supplemental workbook and/or fact drill especially for students who take longer to master concepts.

The consumable, two-volume Student Editions are colorful with perforated pages. Lots of space is provided for students to work problems and complete related writing and drawing activities. Teacher Editions are a set of large (9.75 x 12), magazine-size handbooks for the teacher; one handbook for each chapter. These provide reduced copies of student pages (with answers filled in) and instructional information along the sides. Lessons are scripted with an ongoing teacher-student dialog provided in the sidebars as are suggestions for differentiated instruction. One of the special facets of this curriculum is the cross-curricular applications, some of which are found in the Student books and some in the Teachers.

Mid-Chapter Checkpoints and Chapter Review/Tests are provided in the Student Books (answers in Teacher Editions). However, assessment is broader than just course tests and crosses over into preparation for the High Stakes Assessment Testing becoming standard in elementary schools. Providing a format that replicates the computer-based questions that distinguish those tests, the black and white Assessment Books provide beginning/middle/end-of-the-year assessments as well as Performance Tasks for those same checkpoints. Test-taking strategies are explained throughout. Student Assessment Books provide non-reproducible copies of the various assessments while the Teacher Assessment Books provide filled-in, reduced-size test pages and scoring rubrics.

Providing a problem-solving space for the frequent requests for student-generated illustrations, the write-on/wipe-off, double-sided MathBoard (12 x 17) has questions in both English and Spanish as well as various rules (i.e. inches, centimeters, number line, etc.). This board is used for the Quick Pictures, Problem of the Day, Share and Show, and Essential Question portions of the Lessons.

Go Math Homeschool Packages include the Student Edition (2 volumes), the Teacher Edition (chapter booklets), a Planning Guide, access to Math on the Spot Videos, a bilingual MathBoard, and both Student and Teacher editions of the Getting Ready for High Stakes Assessment Workbook.

There are no perfect math programs, but this one will be a good fit for those wanting a well-constructed, attractive, user-friendly math program that parallels those used in the public schools. ~ Janice


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I know this is the math curriculum they would be doing in school so I like that I can get it for homeschool.
Jessica S on May 18, 2021
needed a good common core program similar to the Into Math that my daughter was using in public school.
Briana E on Sep 23, 2020
I know this is the math curriculum they would be doing in school so I like that I can get it for homeschool.
Jessica S on May 18, 2021
I have decided to homeschool and want common core aligned math. This is what our local public school uses for first grade and my child will be going back to public school next year.
Susan Q on Oct 14, 2020
needed a good common core program similar to the Into Math that my daughter was using in public school.
Briana E on Sep 23, 2020
online lesson option and workbook
Diane T on Jul 9, 2020
It meets all of the core curriculum objectives in a manner that helps to reinforce math concepts, and many of the lessons are in Spanish and English.
Ayana P on Sep 18, 2019
My son is in 1st grade home school
Tania B on Oct 6, 2018
My child needs extra at home educational support and reinforcement.
Abbey G on Sep 7, 2018
I have decided to homeschool and want common core aligned math. This is what our local public school uses for first grade and my child will be going back to public school next year.
Susan Q on Oct 14, 2020
online lesson option and workbook
Diane T on Jul 9, 2020
Does this program meet or exceed common core standards?
A shopper on Jun 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Go Math! program is aligned to CCSS.
Is this an exhaustive math curricula? What are some strengths and weaknesses? Thanks for your help
A shopper on May 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We have a detailed description of the Go Math! program - found at this link:

Does this program use a lot of group activities like Math in Focus grade k which is directed for a classroom setting or is it directed for one child?
A shopper on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is definitely a classroom program and there are some classroom project types of activities but there is also a variety of activities, some of which can be adapted to one-to-one setting and some of which are more independent (such as the QR code - watching).
which one will you choose Go math or math mammoth? can you tell me the difference between the two?
A shopper on May 7, 2018
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BEST ANSWER: I purchased the Math Mammoth series for my granddaughters. I am a certified Eleemntary and Special Education teacher. I left public school and now help with homeschool. The series is excellent in my opinion. The visuals and directions are easy for the student to understand. It is rigorous and complete.
Do you get access to think central with this program?
A shopper on May 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can access go math online by googling it. I bought go math student book used and dont have the teacher edition. My daughter watches go math on the spot video lesson online everyday.
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Great for common core requirements
These are used in my son's first grade class in public school. We are homeschooling this year and I want him to learn the same thing (common core) as his classmates so he will be ready for second grade.
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