Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 6 Colored Package

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 6 Colored Package


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Grades: 6

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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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highly recommended
Patricia L on Nov 29, 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
highly recommended
Patricia L on Nov 29, 2021
Eric C on Sep 7, 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
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
I like that the Math Mammoth series is basically self-teaching. Everything needed for the student to learn is included in the textbook. It's very thorough.
Amanda on Jun 23, 2021
great curriculum. have used since 4th grade. mastery, not spiral. conceptual.
laura r on May 31, 2021
We love this series and have been using it since 2nd grade. The color version of the books are clearer and more fun. :)
Ariel G on Apr 13, 2021
Claire C on Feb 16, 2021
it's very easy to work with.
Genny P on Feb 4, 2021
Homeschooling grades PreK-6th this year - needed something with very minimal teacher prep and my kids have loved it!
Allison B on Feb 2, 2021
To fill in gaps and master concept before moving on.
Sondra C on Jan 10, 2021
Switching from Saxon to Math Mammoth.
Ashli B on Jan 8, 2021
Looking for a rigorous math curriculum
Jennifer I on Sep 25, 2020
My twins are dyslexic and color blind. They struggled with a couple other curricula before we tried this in 3rd grade and never changed again. They love these books and do very well in math now.
Terry M on Sep 14, 2020
I decided to go with Math Mammoth because it allows us to spend more time on each math theme ( fractions, decimals ,etc.) rather than spiral that mixes every thing together. We started with Horizon math but that didn't work for us. Thanks for asking
Amanda P on Aug 28, 2020
I have been using the 7th grade package for my older child and we like the layout and ease of use.
Jennifer B on Aug 27, 2020
The books have good content.
Catherine B on Aug 25, 2020
Researching on-line for a supplemental program to use with my children for hybrid learning
Julie S on Aug 18, 2020
recommended by a friend who home schools.
Kristi H on Aug 18, 2020
recommended by a friend
Christina S on Aug 9, 2020
Math Mammoth was recommended to me from another Homeschool mom. Hope I love it just as much as she does!
Stefanie D on Aug 5, 2020
These are common core PLUS. So they meet and exceed the standards of common core. I wanted print copies and these are such a good price.
Becky T on Aug 2, 2020
We have used this in the past, and enjoyed it. Clear explanations and easy to use.
Lorna on Jul 31, 2020
Comprehensive Curriculum with the ease of textbook and workbook in one!
Melissa W on Jul 29, 2020
Word of mouth recommendation.
Joy H on Jul 29, 2020
Recommended by a friend, looks comprehensive and economical.
Jennifer W on Jul 19, 2020
recommended by a friend
Ruth N on Jul 3, 2020
I love that it is a program that has the textbook and work book all in one
Rhonda W on Jun 29, 2020
Our hybrid school choose this book.
Emily G on Jun 27, 2020
it's the curriculum we are using for the upcoming school year
Jennifer W on Jun 25, 2020
We tried Saxon Math with my son last year and the spiral approach did not work for him. This looks like a solid math program with more of a mastery approach.
Claire B on Jun 24, 2020
It's the first math curriculum my son has loved! We've used it for 4th, 5th and now 6th grade math.
Anna H on May 26, 2020
We used MM last year and it went well for both my 2nd and 5th graders.
Ahna C on May 26, 2020
recommended by a friend
Tara G on May 18, 2020
We did year 5 this year and are continuing with 6 for next year
Renaye O on May 12, 2020
This looks like a good solid program, I really like that there are videos to go along to help me teach areas I might not explain very well since I am not a math teachers. I also like it has answer keys, online resources. The pricing seems very reasonable.
Cynthia G on May 5, 2020
Good recommendations. Great price.
Christina G on Apr 25, 2020
My boys love the colored version and we have fun with math thanks to Mammoth . We used other books on the past but for the past 3 years we continue with mammoth and recommended for our friends too.
Adriana G on Feb 21, 2020
My son's hybrid school uses it
Adria D on Aug 9, 2019
Recommended by a friend.
Michelle O on Aug 9, 2019
appreciated my interactions with maria miller
Mark T on Jul 24, 2019
My daughter and I have been using the video lessons for home school. She requested a student lesson book for extra practice to use over the summer to extend her understanding and keep her skill level up.
Kimberly N on May 15, 2019
good price
dustin s on Apr 2, 2019
Daughter finished her 5th grade math. I wanted a complete 6th grade math curriculum for her.
Jennifer C on Mar 21, 2019
I've been using the Grade 7 package for one of my children. My 6th grader is now being homeschooled, so I chose to use this program for him as well. It's easy to use and so far we've had great success with it!
Valerie M on Oct 5, 2018
I work with a group of adults with disabilities and we are hoping to be able to learn better math skills. All Levels of comprehension will be working on this.
Erin G on Oct 2, 2018
A friend recommended this math curriculum to me, I highly value her input on math subjects
Christine S on Sep 7, 2018
This math curriculum was recommended to me by a friend as an excellent choice for right-brain learners.
Misty R on Aug 25, 2018
This program works for us. My daughter likes it and has had success with the material and approach. It's easy to understand and has enough variation to be interesting.
Melissa W on Aug 23, 2018
I homeschool and this math program is really well organized and visual for my child.
Kari C on Aug 20, 2018
Eric C on Sep 7, 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
I see the colored version is out of stock. How detrimental is the non colored version or when will it be in stock?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The content in the two editions is identical. The greyscale images have color tints in the color version.
Is this the 2020 version? If not, when will that be in stock?
Melissa on Apr 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It is not. Currently, only Grade 4 and Grade 5 are available in new editions.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great Math for an unbeatable price!
I think that Math Mammoth is a great math curriculum and price is incomparable for what you get. You can choose how much much practice your child needs file each section. If they seem to catch on then you are able to move on fairly quickly, if not then there are plenty of problems to strengthen their understanding.
September 4, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very useful and helpful workbook
This is definitely a set of very helpful workbooks, especially during this time. I personally think they are very good supplementary materials.
September 1, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
It works for my child
We love this program. It works well for my daughter. The explanations are easy for her to understand and there is video support for concepts that need just a little more to understand.
September 23, 2018
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math Magic
We love all of your Math Mammoth light blue series curriculum- every grade. We have 6 kids and use many different levels. We have pointed others in your direction- even just today!
May 5, 2018
over 3 years ago

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