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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Complete curriculum to follow NC grade level standards
Kimberly K on Jul 28, 2021
Works really well for my children. We love this series!
Sarah S on Jul 22, 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
My sons tutor recommended this
Tracey S on Apr 9, 2021
I like this curriculum.
Keila M on Mar 28, 2021
Math Mammoth was recommended by several Classical Conversations homeschool parents as their math curriculum of choice.
Leila L on Feb 20, 2021
Claire C on Feb 16, 2021
Cathy Duffy recommended, Singapore was not working for my daughter, like the idea of focus on a topic more fully than the spiral approach.
Leah G on Jan 5, 2021
Friend recommendation.
Natasha G on Dec 2, 2020
Because we have been using MathMammoth since the Grade 1 books and the mastery style is perfect for my daughter!
Savannah P on Dec 1, 2020
I am homeschooling my second grader this year (for the first time). I purchased the Grade 2 series in August. We are already wrapping that up. Going into this experience, my son was behind in math due to remote learning in the spring. I am amazed at how this program has allowed my son to catch up. It is economical and easily scripted. We supplement with online worksheets and the Scholastic Math workbooks. I highly recommend this! For the price, what do you have to lose?
Thomas F on Nov 8, 2020
We have used the Math Mammoth program in the past and absolutely love it!!!
Rachael S on Nov 6, 2020
Homeschooling curriculum
Melissa J on Nov 1, 2020
homeschooling my 11 year old
Laura Z on Oct 25, 2020
This was recommended as a full-service curriculum that doesn't rely on online games and is very student-directed.
Teresa B on Oct 19, 2020
Recommendations from other people
Julia T on Oct 19, 2020
Your program was highly recommended.
Lorrie d on Oct 11, 2020
Continuing on in this series with my son
Lura D on Oct 2, 2020
Recommended by a family member
Lindsey H on Sep 22, 2020
I saw many great reviews on this curriculum and am excited to get started!
Gina M on Aug 31, 2020
Use as math for 8yo daugher
Kendra Y on Aug 31, 2020
Previously purchased other curriculum for 3rd grade son, its not as challenging as I would like for him and I was impressed with Mammoth's 5th grade that I purchased for my daughter.
CHERYL M on Aug 26, 2020
I saw several reviews that lead me to choose this curriculum. It was highly recommended by many.
Lauren S on Aug 24, 2020
Nichole H on Aug 11, 2020
Highly recommended and affordable.
Rose B on Aug 9, 2020
Our excellent math tutor whom we use for our high school daughters recommended this for elementary levels. She recommends the mastery method, not spiral as with Saxon.
Phoebe C on Aug 7, 2020
To the point, inexpensive, corresponding free online videos. My child understands math quickly. This will be a good program for him.
Grace D on Aug 6, 2020
I saw a Youtube video about Mammoth Math (I believe the channel was called Project Happy Home) and I thought it looked like a quality program. I appreciate the printing service you provide!
Stephanie S on Jul 30, 2020
Comprehensive Curriculum with the ease of textbook and workbook in one!
Melissa W on Jul 29, 2020
It came highly reviewed on my homeschooling fb groups
Camille D on Jul 29, 2020
this seems an affordable and organized option for a year of home schooling during the pandemic
Melanie Z on Jul 28, 2020
Cathy Duffy reviews
Susan W on Jul 28, 2020
Simple and affordable way to teach math. My second grader had no problem with the online second grade assessment so I chose 3rd grade math for him.
Heather C on Jul 17, 2020
We've used MM with our son since he was in 1st grade. It's a great, solid product.
Netiva on Jul 16, 2020
complete set
Krystal S on Jul 16, 2020
Mastery. Conceptual. Topic based.
laura r on Jul 15, 2020
Math Mammoth is my favorite for understanding the WHY and HOW of math, as well as the mental math skills that accompany a complete understanding.
Alaina D on Jul 9, 2020
Recommended by Homeschooling group
Sara C on Jul 5, 2020
We have been very happy with this math curriculum and will continue to use it again for 3rd grade.
Amy J on Jul 2, 2020
We were very please with Math Mammoth Grade 2 - easy to follow; thorough explanations; very effective at teaching math.
Lauren G on Jul 2, 2020
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
Hoping that Math Mammoth will help with ease our math dilemma.
DANAE M on Jul 9, 2021
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
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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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 2 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 2 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 4 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 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
I love this math program. I have tried several, including Abeka. It explains things in interesting ways that I have not seen before. Even though you don't have manipulatives to touch (although you can get your own) there are manipulatives printed on the paper so that your visual child can "get" it. Like how to borrow in multiple digit addition. It breaks the numbers down into all the hundreds, tens and ones in a way that my child found extremely helpful. So far there are also lots of story problems, and then every few pages a "puzzle corner" that is something different and fun for the child to figure out using the skills they have just been learning. It is engaging, and keeps the child interested by not just having pages of the same thing. My child was overwhelmed easily by 4 pages in a row of addition problems. We only do two pages a day, and it is not overwhelming. I like that there is no teacher prep also. Abeka was overwhelming for me in that area. Just open and learn with your child! If you feel they need extra practice in a certain area, like their multiplication tables, Maria has videos on how to do that by practicing a few minutes a day on a dry erase board. Very simple. Love, love this, and plan on doing this again next year for my (now) 2nd and 4th graders. I got my 2nd grader Grade 1 and my 4th grader grade 3. It's a lot of review, but I didn't want gaps and they are learning some things they hadn't in their previous curriculum, so I'm glad for the review.
October 26, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My son's teacher recommended this brand. They exceeded my expectations for content.
August 7, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Love it!
First bit seemed very basic but we are now half way through the first book and I am very happy with its' progression. Takes topics and breaks them down to bite size pieces. All questions in the lesson are over the lesson. Mastery approach.
April 5, 2017
over 4 years ago

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