Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3 Colored Package


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Grades: 3

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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 have used Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for 3 years now and love it! It is very thorough and easy to use.
Michelle K on Aug 30, 2023
comprehensive math curriculum and practice workbooks.
Meghana W on Jul 8, 2023
We have used Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for 3 years now and love it! It is very thorough and easy to use.
Michelle K on Aug 30, 2023
Colorful, straight forward math at an affordable price
Chrisha D on Jul 12, 2023
comprehensive math curriculum and practice workbooks.
Meghana W on Jul 8, 2023
Required 3rd grade curriculum for daughter's school
tracy b on Jul 7, 2023
My kids love Math Mammoth. It was recommended to me by a friend who is a former math teacher and we tried it and we're loving it. My kids understand math so much better now and I hardly have to help them anymore. I just check it when they're done and have them correct it if needed. No more tears! We love it.
Layna C on Jul 3, 2023
It was recommended to me as mostly self-learned math. I work from home full time and am trying to find curriculum my kids can attempt on their own and only need a little bit of help with.
Katie S on Jun 26, 2023
Buying the whole package for 3rd grade is much cheaper than printing the booklets at home myself! Thank you!
Sara S on Jun 26, 2023
a friend recommended
Stephanie S on Jun 17, 2023
Math Mammoth is an easy to use fully comprehensive program.
Brittany M on Jun 6, 2023
My daughter learned a lot with grade 2 Math Mammoth and we are looking forward to grade 3.
Damaris R on May 26, 2023
It seems that it has value in the content and the concepts it goes over. I love the fact that it teaches and does not just make it more difficult than it already is for the parent.
julie e on Feb 19, 2023
We love Math Mammoth! It's the best math curriculum we have used; I wish I started it earlier for my older kids.
Katie R on Feb 16, 2023
More math and less reading for a child who is dyslexic and struggles with reading but excels in math concepts.
Rhonda L on Dec 12, 2022
Friend recommendation
Michelle R on Sep 28, 2022
Recommended by a friend
Aila & Tessa D on Aug 11, 2022
We've used math mammoth for the last 2 years and enjoyed it.
Terra S on Aug 4, 2022
friend referral
JOLANTA M on Jul 28, 2022
We have loved Math Mammoth for the last two years, and we are excited to continue.
Amber Z on Jul 26, 2022
It looks like a solid math program that will challenge my son.
Alexander F on Jul 21, 2022
love math mammoth, thorough, concise, well taught
Keri W on Jul 13, 2022
I heard it is a good math program
AHM E on Jun 23, 2022
I use this curriculum with my child who has special needs. This series helps me teach my child and understand where my child needs more help. The end-of-chapter tests are lovely. I will say I use other resources for extra practice but overall I am pleased with Math Mammoth.
Sarita A on May 25, 2022
We LOVE Math Mammoth! It's easy to understand, offers great ideas for supplementary games, and it is easy to teach without too much repetition.
Natalie Harrell H on May 16, 2022
We used Grade 1 and we are finishing up level 2. It is very open and go and my son is learning so much. I am now purchasing level 3.
KATHLEEN L on May 1, 2022
Third year teaching this math to my son. I like how the lessons are self explanatory and easily build on each other.
Lauren D on Apr 29, 2022
I've used this program last year and simply continuing up to the next grade.
Amanda M on Mar 29, 2022
Tried so many different Math curricula. Math Mammoth is the easiest to implement (of the more conceptual options) and it comes with so many resources. Spiral review, free videos etc.
Sarah K on Mar 13, 2022
We have used MM for a few years now and will continue to use it. It is a very easy to use program and my kiddo loves it.
Jaclyn W on Mar 4, 2022
Switching from Teaching Textbooks. We books, not a computer.
Ashley M on Oct 7, 2021
Second grade Math Mammoth was a good fit for my son. He breezed through it. Looking forward to the challenge of a level up.
Sarah E on Sep 29, 2021
Ordered it previously. Thanks!
Irene B on Aug 29, 2021
Price and Cathy Duffy review.
Kari V on Aug 14, 2021
We love Math Mammoth! It is such great curriculum, very easy to open-and-go, and very thorough!
Mandy S on Aug 11, 2021
I am using Mammoth Math this year and I didn't want to print.
Melissa T on Aug 9, 2021
Love thorough Math Mammoth program for everything before Algebra 1.
Barbara H on Aug 7, 2021
My son loved Math Mammoth grade 2. And I liked having the added resources listed before each chapter (websites with games and helps for teaching each concept).
Kelly B on Aug 7, 2021
friends recommended
Erica L on Aug 5, 2021
Complete curriculum to follow NC grade level standards
Kimberly K on Jul 28, 2021
I have used Math Mammoth Grades 1 and 2 for home schooling two nieces. We all like the format, and both girls have been very successful in learning the material.
Elizabeth C on Jul 27, 2021
Works really well for my children. We love this series!
Sarah S on Jul 22, 2021
Hoping that Math Mammoth will help with ease our math dilemma.
DANAE M on Jul 9, 2021
I switched to Math Mammoth 2 years ago for my 4 elementary age kids. It encourages independent working, explains things in various ways, and the corresponding videos are free online and very helpful. The math confidence in our home has grown using this curriculum.
Nathan P on Jul 6, 2021
Used the Math Mammoth Light Blue series last year for 2nd grade, and it was a success!
Hannah P on Jul 2, 2021
This was a great math choice for our family! Simple, easy to follow, lots of supplemental ideas, and plenty of practice.
Cindi P on Jul 1, 2021
I really like the worktext.
Susan B on Jun 27, 2021
Have used Math Mammoth the past two years. Always printed everything from the downloaded file. This will be much easier!
Pamela D on Jun 22, 2021
Great reviews and recommendations from a homeschool facebook page.
Monica G on May 18, 2021
I have a math-savvy kid who I think will do well with the MM method of teaching. That is, the lack of drilling and ability to move quickly will work well with him.
Rebecca P on May 3, 2021
great reviews:)
Kasey D on Apr 27, 2021
Lots of research says this is awesome!!
Kasey D on Apr 25, 2021
Colorful, straight forward math at an affordable price
Chrisha D on Jul 12, 2023
Required 3rd grade curriculum for daughter's school
tracy b on Jul 7, 2023
What is the copyright date for the series I will receive if I buy grade 3 now? I want to buy the appropriate lesson plan to use with homeschool planet. I prefer 2019, but there is also a 2016-2018 version. Thank you!
A shopper on Jul 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We have the 2019 edition of this series.
Does this package include a teaching CD ?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No it does not. The beauty of this curriculum is you do not need a separate 'teachers addition'. You just follow along with your student. Each new chapter does give you multiple pages of internet resources and games if you want to add more to the curriculum or your child needs extra practice to understand a concept. I've used every grade level for Math Mammoth and my over-seeing teacher wishes our county would switch to this as the recommended curriculum. Math Mammoth is the only reason that has kept me from putting my daughter back into regular school.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Best Math curriculum for advanced kids!
September 8, 2023
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best program we've used
Excellent program
August 28, 2023
4 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Happy to purchase
I will recommend this book to other children also.
March 9, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter loves this math program. We switched to MM about 1/2 way through the school year. She is looking forward to math everyday.
May 23, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I'm very happy with this math curriculum
This curriculum has surpassed my expectations. My kids are finally grasping these concepts, and we aren't glued to math all day long. I like how my kids can work on their own, or I can easily help assist with any section. The quality of this product exceeded my expectations, and it's the curriculum I'll recommend to others.
April 23, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Lovely curriculum. The start has been a challenge for my 3rd grader but I think will prove to be an engage year.
September 8, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great math program
My 8 year old math loving son is enjoying Math Mammoth! After bouncing around we landed on MM & I’m glad we did. Having it printed in color really helped as well.
August 18, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love Math Mammoth
We first tried Math Mammoth as s supplement to another program with their blue series. We liked it so much that we have made it our only curriculum for math.
July 11, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easiest and most reliable curriculum to teach
I hate teacher's additions with a passion. This program is so easy to teach and creates such a great foundation for math skills. Always more advanced than what is offered as the county's standard curriculum. She makes the kids just flow so easily into the higher concepts without them even being aware of what they are doing. I've used every grade level now. I just pray that she someday does Algebra and other advanced math curriculums. Trying to find a decent upper grade curriculum was impossible for me. My son ended up having to retake algebra in high school.
March 23, 2019
over 6 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
math mammoth 3rd grade
This curriculum is much more difficult for my child than I thought it would be. There are some good ideas presented for short-cuts and for mental math, but it is very challenging for a 3rd grader in my opinion, especially for a child who has been using more traditional math and is not especially gifted at math.
October 28, 2017
over 5 years ago

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