Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5 Colored Package


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Item #: MM5CLR
Grades: 5

This edition provides the same great mastery approach to math that we know and love from Math Mammoth. The revised edition of Grade 5 has streamlined lessons, making some lessons optional, and has rewritten entire lessons in chapters 1, 2, 5, and 9. The lesson concerning circles has been removed and longer lessons in chapter 1 have been made into two separate lessons. These revisions have been made to help create a more focused presentation. Same four components (2 worktexts, test booklet, answer key) are specific to this edition. Areas of study in Grade 5 include: the four operations with whole numbers, decimals and fractions; along with statistics, graphing, problem solving, and geometry. ~Rebecca

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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
Great curriculum and easy to use.
Holly B on Aug 14, 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
Positive reviews by homeschool parents.
Eva M on Aug 22, 2023
Great curriculum and easy to use.
Holly B on Aug 14, 2023
Recommendation from friend
Jill D on Aug 5, 2023
We love Math Mammoth. This is the next level.
AMY B on Jul 25, 2023
Third year using Math Mammoth and it is very consistent and rigorous. Mostly student led with the worktext, the parent can assist just as needed instead of being the primary educator of math.
Bridget M on Jul 11, 2023
Great for in depth understanding of math concepts. Multiple ways of approach for mastery. My son's math skills and confidence were more solid after we switched to Math Mammoth. Highly recommend.
Lydia H on Jul 10, 2023
Math Mammoth is an easy to use fully comprehensive program.
Brittany M on Jun 6, 2023
I have been using Math mammoth for two years now with my middle school child and we love it!
Asata C on May 20, 2023
We chose to continue using the Math Mammoth series grade 5 after completing grade 3 and grade 4 books in the series. The books give clear and easy to follow explanations of concepts and offer a good amount of practice without feeling monotonous or excessive. This mastery style of learning seems to be a better fit for my children than the spiral approach we used from a different resource. The author of MathMammoth is also great at responding to questions and providing recommendations.
MEREDITH T on Apr 28, 2023
Love MM books and curriculum.
Traci F on Mar 23, 2023
Very interested in the way that Mathmammoth presents the topics of mathematics.
Ron V on Dec 24, 2022
I've heard great reviews on this product so we are trying for the first time!
Faith F on Sep 2, 2022
We've been using this course for the past 2 years and we find it very easy to use, clear and effective in teaching my daughter! She is able to work through it independently and ask for help when needed.
Anna V on Aug 1, 2022
Used it for a couple of years and satisfies with the content.
LORNA W on Jul 30, 2022
friend referral
JOLANTA M on Jul 28, 2022
My children have done will with this curriculum (adding in the online videos) and we've decided to use it again for the 22-23 school year.
Maria D on Jul 24, 2022
This program is working wonderfully for my family!
Afton on Jul 22, 2022
love math mammoth. thorough, concise, well taught
Keri W on Jul 13, 2022
I have heard good things about Math Mammoth, the material is what I want my son to cover this year, and I got it in color because Math is not his strongest subject and I thought it would make it a little easier for him to study.
Bernadette C on Jul 9, 2022
These were required for my sons home school curriculum
HOBBYFARMER on Jul 7, 2022
We've used all the earlier levels of Math Mammoth and they've really given my daughter a firm grasp of her skills. Happy to keep using each level of MM til they run out!
Christel B on Jul 1, 2022
Solid conceptual math program building number sense and mental math abilities!
David P on Jun 5, 2022
Math Mammoth has been great for my daughter. We average two pages a day and slow down in areas where she needs more practice. I love the extra videos and online resources for extra help. We also pull out manipulatives whenever needed.
Kellie C on May 30, 2022
previously used Grade 4 and felt it was a great math program
Beth M on Apr 10, 2022
My son likes it very much for its simplicity, pace, and independence.
Gabriela R on Mar 23, 2022
This curriculum was recommended by a group of homeschoolers that I trust.
Holly D on Dec 14, 2021
I needed a math textbook-style curriculum for my son and Math Mammoth is something that I had looked at previous and it has good reviews from Cathy Duffy
Patrice Q on Oct 18, 2021
Switching from Teaching Textbooks. We books, not a computer.
Ashley M on Oct 7, 2021
I love the other Math Mammoth products so Im looking forward to this!
Laura S on Oct 5, 2021
Great program!
Debbie B on Sep 23, 2021
starts easy, clarifies concepts, slowly tackles challenging questions as child moves from beginning of the chapter to end.
saba k on Sep 15, 2021
Geared for a child to open and go!
Christy Faurot on Sep 3, 2021
homeschool my child- recommendation from another homeschooling mom
Paula V on Aug 15, 2021
Price and Cathy Duffy review.
Kari V on Aug 14, 2021
I am using Mammoth Math this year and I didn't want to print.
Melissa T on Aug 9, 2021
Complete curriculum to follow NC grade level standards
Kimberly K on Jul 28, 2021
We have been using Math Mammoth for several years now, and it is our favorite curriculum for math instruction.
Christina W on Jul 26, 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
We used Math Mammoth last year as first time homeschoolers and we really liked it. So we decided to continue again for 2021-22. It teaches multiple methods for each math concept and sometimes one of the methods just doesn't click for my kids so we will review it but not stress over it if they can't master every method. The full color version is a must for my children and I. The books are organized nicely and easy enough for older kids to self guide through if they are good readers.
Deanna C on Jul 4, 2021
Math Mammoth is so thorough, yet simple to use. Plenty of practice problems and the books really go step-by-step with minimal teacher instruction, which is great for parents teaching multiple children. It's not glamorous, but it gets the job done as painlessly as possible. Very happy with this program!
User on Jun 28, 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
This is our 3rd year using Math Mammoth. I love how clear the directions are and it's <br />"no fluff" approach. Just good solid math.
JENESSA G on Jun 22, 2021
We had a fantastic experience with 4th grade!
Lanie T on Jun 7, 2021
My son has been doing a lot of computer-based academic learning. I think that having the workbooks will help him learn faster and more completely.
Victoria L on May 27, 2021
Used it all this year and liked it.
Idan M on May 19, 2021
It was only $20 more than digital version and it would cost me at least that to print everything in color.
Julie O 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
Very happy with Math Mammoth curriculum! This will be our 3rd year using this program. Recommended by a friend who is a math tutor.
Rachel F on Mar 13, 2021
Positive reviews by homeschool parents.
Eva M on Aug 22, 2023
Recommendation from friend
Jill D on Aug 5, 2023
Is this the updated 2020 version?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the 2020 edition.
4.6 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Full range skills
Full range skill building- highly recommend. From concept to mastering, students examine math from multiple angles.
August 10, 2023
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy to use
minimal prep, love the extra resources it provides.
July 12, 2023
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Highly Recommend Math Mammoth
I really appreciate the way these books organize information and allow my child to teach himself. They are slim workbooks, so easy to grab and go.
July 27, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Math Mammoth Gr 5
Have used the product for the past two years. Very thorough as far as covering topic matter. I always find an introductory video on You Tube to use as an introduction. Do not always use her videos as I find more kid friendly ones on You Tube.
July 23, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful curriculum!
I love this math curriculum. Each new concept is explained well for the student, and videos are available online for additional support. We have tried a few different math curriculums since homeschooling, and my student who has a difficult time in math and my student who is gifted in math, both do very well with this curriculum. I'm thrilled to of found it!
May 9, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The absolute best math program, in my opinion!
I wish I had found this math program sixteen years ago when I first began homeschooling. I have used many programs throughout the years while schooling my seven children. Math Mammoth is by far the best curriculum I have used. It teaches in such a way that the student learns and is able to apply what is learned in everyday life. It is a mastery system, but has plenty of accessible reviews and work sheets to incorporate a spiral system as well. It is so well organized. The teaching is right in the lesson, and the majority of the program can be self taught by the student with very little needed teaching from the instructor. It is written in a way that is easily understood. I had students who were far behind in math and this program filled in our missing gaps and brought my students to where they needed to be much sooner than I had anticipated. Obviously I highly recommend this program.
April 12, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
use this book for homeschooling
Very easy to use for both: parent and child. 4 stars only because I would like to see more problems for each topic to work with.
November 24, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great value for money
October 13, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Excellent coverage and explanation, not great for my very visual daughter.
I like the way topics are introduced step by step. There is great support...videos on YouTube and a practice website that is customizeable. My daughter gets overwhelmed by the's a lot of words in a little space sometimes. I have to read through the teaching part with her or present it myself, then she does great.
October 10, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
In color
We really are appreciating the color. We’ve always gotten the black and white but the color is a nice change.
September 3, 2019
over 4 years ago

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