Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 4 Colored Package


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Grades: 4

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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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Was recommender for homeschool
Maylin S on Feb 28, 2023
We love Math Mammoth! It presents concepts in a simple, but thorough way. My kids don't struggle with math, but I feel like these books are more complete than some other programs, where they weren't as strong in graphing or geometry for the younger ages.
Abigail B on Feb 7, 2023
Was recommender for homeschool
Maylin S on Feb 28, 2023
we love this math and the easy to follow builds!
Chris R on Feb 15, 2023
We love Math Mammoth! It presents concepts in a simple, but thorough way. My kids don't struggle with math, but I feel like these books are more complete than some other programs, where they weren't as strong in graphing or geometry for the younger ages.
Abigail B on Feb 7, 2023
I like that the teaching is built into the curriculum in a worktext format.
Gina L on Nov 17, 2022
Because of the feedback that I have seen online, the quality, and the price.
Vanya S on Aug 17, 2022
It is the perfect self teaching curriculum. I used it with my two older daughters and they are both way ahead of their peers in math now, especially in algebra comprehension. It pairs perfectly with Kahn Academy for reinforcement and practice.
Bronwyn S on Aug 17, 2022
Because our charter school has vetted and chosen this series as one of the math curriculum for 3-4 graders.
Lydia H on Aug 15, 2022
I have used this series for 3 years. It is easy to use and makes sense to my son. I love that it is affordable and thorough.
Audrea W on Aug 3, 2022
We have been using math mammoth for a couple of years now and have been happy with it so we are continuing with it.
Brittany S on Aug 1, 2022
friend referral
JOLANTA M on Jul 28, 2022
Cathy Duffy top pick
Misti B on Jul 20, 2022
Simplified and hopefully more independent learning.
Rebecca C on Jul 5, 2022
Trying out a new math curriculum. The ones we have tried in the past have not worked for various reasons. This one looks good.
Katie W on Jun 29, 2022
I heard it is a good math program, and my kids need a little extra help
AHM E on Jun 23, 2022
Our homeschool program chose this for us.
Ashley M on Jun 1, 2022
This curriculum is very user friendly and promotes concept mastery well by giving students many ways to practice each concept.
Emily W on May 27, 2022
We love the straightforward, easy to follow way Math Mammoth is presented. I love that it is a thorough program, that teaches him all the math things I have forgotten over the years! I also love how affordable this program is in comparison to others.
Heather W on Apr 21, 2022
I reviewed the other math curriculums. I liked Singapore and this was similar but looked easier for my child to follow more on their own.
Holly B on Feb 20, 2022
We have been very happy with this Math Series and need to move to the next Grade.
AnnMarie C on Feb 1, 2022
Currently using this curriculum and enjoy it.
Jennifer S on Jan 5, 2022
Great homeschool reviews and it was a great price for a complete set.
Crystal L on Oct 12, 2021
A friend recommended this curriculum for homeschooling.
Melissa B on Sep 28, 2021
love the layout and the easy to follow online videos
Shantee E on Sep 11, 2021
We use these as supplementary practice for Beast Academy. The material was too dry on its own for my daughter, but it works nicely to reinforce and practice concepts.
Teresa B on Sep 5, 2021
We have used Math Mammoth for the last few years for my son and it's a good program that's easy to follow.
Fictionalcharacter on Aug 31, 2021
I have a 4th grader who will be homeschooling this year this seemed like the best curriculum for us as parents to transition him to.
Heidi S on Aug 28, 2021
My son enjoyed the hands-on applications included in Grade 3 and we are excited to try Grade 4!
Amber K on Aug 16, 2021
I have used this with my other children in the past and they did very well with it. It is our math curriculum of preference. We use it up until Pre-Algebra.
Gina A on Aug 16, 2021
Great reviews, economical price, excellent video tutorials available for individual lessons.
Alisha D on Aug 15, 2021
Our school is following this curriculum
Andrea D on Aug 2, 2021
We used this in 3rd grade for my son, and it was very straightforward and easy to use. Very thankful. Math is math. Also appreciate the economical pricing, and the worktext format (he can write directly in the book that teaches him the concepts, and there is no additional teachers manual or extra books. Everything you need is in the worktext, except the answers. Makes sense!).
Grace D on Aug 2, 2021
I wanted a curriculum that taught mental math and this had excellent reviews everywhere I checked.
Tracy V on Jul 27, 2021
I was able to view free sample sheets on the Mammoth Math site and they are impressive. I want my children to have written work to do as well as online work, so these workbooks will be perfect.
Leslie H on Jul 22, 2021
Used the grade 3 version of this course and my daughter and I loved it! It's clear, very well explained and she learned very well from it.
Anna V on Jul 19, 2021
Hoping that Math Mammoth will help with ease our math dilemma.
DANAE M on Jul 9, 2021
It’s my most preferred math curriculum and this is the official site to purchase the printed book
HETAL P. on May 31, 2021
love the straightforward approach and the videos that are available to teach a hard concept.
Melonie H on May 31, 2021
I was recommended by the agent
Thao T on Apr 28, 2021
currently using 3rd grade program and loving it
Jennifer C on Mar 25, 2021
My kiddo finds color more appealing and will hopefully be able to better organize his brain around the concepts.
Elizabeth L on Mar 25, 2021
We used Math Mammoth last year for the first time and loved it. It is more thorough than other books we have tried. (a little ahead) The book offers plenty of instruction for each lesson and covers topics well before going on to another concept. Yet, you don't have to use every work page if it is too much for your student.
Lisa b on Mar 16, 2021
I use the main curriculum as an in-depth lesson on a subject we cover though Saxon (a spiral-based curriculum). I would never work through this alone as the student does not practice previous skills enough.
Hilary H on Mar 4, 2021
Claire C on Feb 16, 2021
easy to work with
Genny P on Feb 4, 2021
I love this curriculum for my son. It is straight-forward, complete, and thorough. Thank you Maria and Rainbow Resource Center.
BRITTANY T on Feb 4, 2021
Homeschooling grades PreK-6th this year - needed something with very minimal teacher prep and my kids are excited to see their new math in color this time!
Allison B on Feb 2, 2021
Read on the internet that this is a wonderful math curriculum for homeschoolers.
Alison S on Jan 26, 2021
Math Mammoth is thorough and builds true math understanding.
David P on Jan 8, 2021
Best math curriculum for mastery. Minimal prep for parents but maximum results for children.
Litisha A on Jan 5, 2021
Just finished #3 and wanted a printout versus me printing
Lauren B on Oct 25, 2020
we love this math and the easy to follow builds!
Chris R on Feb 15, 2023
I like that the teaching is built into the curriculum in a worktext format.
Gina L on Nov 17, 2022
Is this the 2019 or 2020 version?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: It is considered the 2020 version although the copyright is technically 2019.
What kind of binding do these workbooks have? Like glued/like regular workbooks or are they spiral bound?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi .... the workbooks have a regular glued binding, not spiral bound. They hold together beautifully. Also, since there are 2 workbooks for every level, it is not one thick book for the whole year. Highly recommended by daughter is learning her math!
Are these pages perforated?
A shopper on May 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, the pages are not perforated. Just in workbook form.
Math Mammoth is an incredible math program and my two kids have learned so much this year using MM.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Rock your math.
I love the quick pace of the lessons. My only complaint at 6 weeks in if they don’t understand the material I have to find more work sheets on my own. My oldest who is 8 is doing the 4th grade math is able to do most lessons on her own or mostly on her own.
October 14, 2021
1 year ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center

Math Mammoth has a review book and answer key that can be used to add additional practice to the lessons.
October 15, 2021
Sara C.
Rated 4 out of 5
Seems to be helping
Using this for our first year of homeschool. My daughter was struggling in mtay. She doesn't love this curriculum, however, we are seeing improvements in her math skills. She doesn't care for the videos that go with the curriculum.
August 21, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice math curriculum
We are one week into Math Mammoth with my 3rd and 4th grader. They are enjoying the curriculum so far. They have been doing “review” this week, but it is presented differently than they have done it before. It makes it challenging, but doable. I think this will be a very complete but enjoyable curriculum. My only complaint is that a lot of the internet links don’t work. Shipping from rainbow resources was fast with great communication. I would purchase again.
August 15, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Thorough and affordable!
Math Mammoth makes me feel confident that my kids are covering everything they need and more. The website provides lots of extras too. The curriculum is easy to follow and is a very affordable option.
May 27, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Finally a math curriculum I love
We really love this math curriculum. I like how it's pretty open and go. My kids can work independently, and I can be there to help teach a new concept. I really like how it focuses strongly on mental math. I also find the answer key helpful for me. One thing I also really like is that there is great attention to detail. I've come across many curriculum books with typos or wrong answers in the answer key. So far, there seems to be strong attention to detail in this product.
April 23, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We are only a few weeks in but so far I’m pleased with it. I bought 5th grade because he’s going into fifth then was I was surprised by the fact that my sons placement test put him a year below. Definitely do the placement test before ordering!
August 26, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Curriculum!
My son has been using Math Mammoth for 3 years now and I couldn't be happier with his progress. When he was younger, we would read the instructions together and he would do the problems I circled. I usually only have him do about half the problems, unless he's struggling with a concept. Now that he's older, he reads the instructions on his own and does the problems and I just go over it with him when he's done. Being able to do a lot of his math independently has been great for his confidence as well as his reading comprehension. I love how the program is spiral. He's currently working on learning to tell time, for the third time. Each time the complexity has increased as well as his understanding. We add in other math books for fun. For example, my son likes the Bedtime Math book series. Also, he occasionally does Xtra Math to make sure he's really understanding and memorizing basic math facts. Math Mammoth is an excellent and solid math program. My son has never loved doing math, but this program has really allowed his math confidence to grow and with that his enjoyment of math.
July 6, 2018
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Math Program, needs some editing
I love the concept behind this program. The visual explanations make it easy for both parent and student to use. I also love how they encourage an understanding of the material.

I found a handful of errors in the workbook and answer key that the company needs to correct - so just be aware of that. Also, it could use some fact review pages into the curriculum (I wish someone would combine the strengths of the spiral and mastery approaches).
May 28, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Didn't Work For Us...
I really wanted to love this math series, but there were so many tears and so much confusion in the first two weeks, that we sold it and moved back to our standard homeschool math program that we had been using for several years. I don't recommend this one....
April 20, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
This is a terrible curriculum. It has no flow that I can see, and it does have common core methods. If you want a traditional math that has a good flow and builds upon concepts DO NOT purchase this.
August 30, 2017
over 5 years ago

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