Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5 Colored Package


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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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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
Lots of research says this is awesome!!
Kasey D on Apr 25, 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
These workbooks have wonderful explanations that help both students (and parents) easily grasp new concepts and build upon them. They are wonderful for new homeschoolers.
Amy M on Mar 1, 2021
Claire C on Feb 16, 2021
Thorough mathematics instruction! Allows for understanding and mastery.
Lauren S on Feb 3, 2021
Based on lot of great reviews of Math Mammoth, I wanted give it a try with my daughter too.
Feruza R on Sep 30, 2020
Recommended by a family member
Lindsey H on Sep 22, 2020
easy to use!
JENNIFER A on Sep 14, 2020
People say it's an easy curriculum to follow!!!
laurel g on Sep 4, 2020
I like the clearly understandable visual explanations. Also, it is a more advanced curriculum
Maria S on Aug 25, 2020
referred by a friend
Tiffany D on Aug 19, 2020
Jean S on Aug 18, 2020
It looked like a good fit for my daughter. I read about it on Cathy Duffy reviews.
Julia L on Aug 17, 2020
Easy to use. good pricing. Kids like it and have moved through the books well
Adrienne Y on Aug 14, 2020
Homeschooling two children we have tried many math curriculums. Math Mammoth is by far the easiest to use so far. We like that it aligns with standards and is not too basic but is also not so challenging that we must hire a tutor. It is very affordable and straightforward.
Sheng F on Aug 13, 2020
I chose these because of the presentation being easy and effective way for me as a teacher and for my students. They appeal to the multi-sensory learner with visuals too. I love that the teaching instructions are on the same page the student/child works with. Excellent open and go book for busy moms! Thank you for making this product.
Liliana W on Aug 10, 2020
Simple, plenty of practice, helpful for our daughter, who struggles with Auditory Processing Disorder.
Mary D on Aug 8, 2020
Pamela B on Jul 28, 2020
We've been using Math Mammoth since first grade! We love how well each topic is explained and the amount of "practice" the kids get for each topic!
Carmen T on Jul 19, 2020
complete set
Krystal S on Jul 16, 2020
Mastery. Conceptual. Topic based.
laura r on Jul 15, 2020
Like the Grades 1 and 3 curriculum. So trying the grade 5 one.
Sonal D on Jul 9, 2020
We have done level 4 and really liked it.
Jenny J on Jul 9, 2020
We love math mammoth and buy these books every year. They are so well put together, concise and helpful.
Benie on Jul 3, 2020
We were very please with Math Mammoth Grade 4 - easy to follow; thorough explanations; very effective at teaching math.
Lauren G on Jul 2, 2020
recommended by tutor
Genny P on Jun 26, 2020
Fantastic Math Program. Very thorough!!
Kelly R on Jun 15, 2020
We love Math Mammoth Light Blue Series worktexts for our dyslexic son. I would recommend starting with (or going back to) Grades 2 and 3 if your dyslexic child is starting to experience some dyscalculia symptoms.
Deb T on May 17, 2020
I love this series! It provides clear and easy to follow instreuctions and explainations. The workbooks provide a lesson-a-day pace for our family that teaches the entire curriculum without much additional written work. We have been using this series since Level 2.
Ariel G on May 12, 2020
Have been using Math Mammoth light blue and my kids love math now. Its easy and self explanatory
Adriana G on Feb 21, 2020
I have used multiple math programs with my son and have not found one that fits us yet. I decided to try this because of the reveiws on it are mostly extremely positive, The reason I am excited about it is when I veiwed some of her videos and looked all through her website I was blown away by how much she loves math and teaching math! I have a good feeling about this lady's work!
Michelle A on Sep 25, 2019
We used Math Mammoth last year and it worked very well for my son, so we decided to continue with the program for 5th grade. The approach is simple with the old tried and true math methods....the way I learned it back in the 80's. It should be a little more visually appealing this year with the color version!
Heather L on Sep 18, 2019
Good review by Cathy Duffy
Allison H on Sep 18, 2019
I heard it was a good math program.
Beth G on Sep 3, 2019
Next best thing to Singapore but WAY less confusing and easier for teacher
Marvin C R on Sep 3, 2019
We did Grade 4 and it was great.
Jarrod D on Sep 2, 2019
I have used math mammoth for years with my HS students. I am ordering the colored version bc my son has learning challenges, and the printing is getting cumbersome!
Michelle A K on Aug 12, 2019
Math Mammoth is an excellent curriculum! This is our second year using it, and I love that it's more advanced!
Chally O on Aug 4, 2019
I wanted a book instead of the download offered on the product website. It was easy to find what I wanted and the price is reasonable. I'm actually excited about doing math this year (and I don't like math!)
Jason D on Jul 25, 2019
easily the most comprehensive math program I have found that is affordable and easy to use
Kristina S on Jul 22, 2019
friend recommendation
JONATHAN S on Jul 15, 2019
Have tried a bunch of maths... this one is the best fit for us. Clean, traditional math. Comprehensive and challenging. Highly recommend.
halyn g on Jul 14, 2019
We used the 4th grade series and had our best math year ever!
Anna H on Jun 6, 2019
I have a child with a learning disability but she is a strong visual learner. This seems to be very visual, is highly recommended for such learners, and offers online teaching help too.
Lela B on Jun 1, 2019
Have heard great things, so we are going to try it out!
Ahna C on May 10, 2019
Homeschooling, after research looked like the best option for my family
Christine L on Apr 24, 2019
Recommended from a homeschooling friend
Lisa B on Apr 16, 2019
reviewed this math curriculum and felt it would be a good one
Robin R on Feb 21, 2019
great reviews:)
Kasey D on Apr 27, 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
Is this the updated 2020 version?
A shopper on Dec 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the 2020 edition.
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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
1 month 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
2 months 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
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great value for money
October 13, 2020
9 months 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
9 months 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
1 year ago

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