Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3 Set

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 3 Set


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Item #: MMSET3
Grades: 3

Product Description:

This Grade 3 set includes student Workbook A and student Workbook B, the Answer Key and the Tests with Cumulative Review.

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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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kathryn C on Jan 20, 2021
I found gaps in my 4th graders math skills. I plan on using 3rd grade math to supplement her learning.
Rebecca D on Dec 18, 2020
kathryn C on Jan 20, 2021
as a supplement to Singapore my son LOVES math!
Melissa S on Jan 9, 2021
I found gaps in my 4th graders math skills. I plan on using 3rd grade math to supplement her learning.
Rebecca D on Dec 18, 2020
highly recommended by another homeschool mom, economical, and printed!
Regina C on Nov 19, 2020
Looks like a solid math curriculum!
Colleen M on Oct 13, 2020
Good curriculum
tian b on Sep 4, 2020
Friend Recommendation
Heather W on Aug 18, 2020
reviews were good and it was the most cost effective package I could fins for my children
Jacquelynn Q on Jul 31, 2020
Continuing with this approach. Third grade is about the point where an answer key starts to save some time. Books are scant on bells and whistles, but have clear explanations, orderly progression of topics and reasonable numbers of problems. I also like the mental math emphasis- very useful for real-world calculations. Thought about getting the CDs, but I don't think I could print these out for less than the book price.
Joel T on Jun 23, 2020
Liked the samples I saw online.
Sonal D on Jun 19, 2020
great price for a complete package
Laura B on May 28, 2020
This is such a solid program. You can get a little color if you choose but we enjoy that it offers just black and white pages. Each lesson is pretty well explained on the top of the page which is great for independent learning. Gives Mom a small moment in the day.
Nakisha T on May 8, 2020
The virus cut my son's school year short. Wanted to help teach him the rest of this years math so he won't fall behind next year.
Veronica M on May 1, 2020
review after review has pointed in math mammoth's direction. the kids can't wait to start!
Joanna G on Apr 19, 2020
We like the program!
Suzanne L on Jan 19, 2020
A wonderful product that my son loves to do daily!
Brandi S on Sep 23, 2019
This is the next workbook my daughter is ready for. She does homeschool. I like all the clear explanations in the workbook, as well as the online games and videos.
Tera Lynn G on Sep 8, 2019
My daughter is really enjoying the 2nd grade series and I am really happy with it as well.
Danielle H on Aug 29, 2019
Recommended by a friend for my child who has struggled with Singapore Math, Beast Academy, and Life of Fred.
Vanessa M on Aug 28, 2019
same as above
Mimi H on Aug 1, 2019
Needing a math supplement to get us through 3rd grade!
Alicia G on Jul 31, 2019
recommended by homeschool moms
Christine M on Jul 12, 2019
I went through (in great detail) all the samples available on the Math Mammoth website and found that this is a very intelligently designed math programme for kids. thorough, interesting, makes you think
Tihunaz M on May 31, 2019
We used MM before and enjoyed it. It's thorough, effective, and easy to use as a homeschool parent. We tried a different curriculum for 3rd grade (Beast Academy) but have been unhappy with it. We'll use MM for review and to go over topics we missed. And again for 4th grade math!
Sylvia M on Apr 8, 2019
I like it
Addineka C on Mar 22, 2019
easy to use and effective teaching
Carolyn K on Mar 5, 2019
I saw it mentioned by the blogger at upabovetherowantree dot com.
Caitriona H on Dec 4, 2018
loved grade 1 and 2!
Juli S on Sep 18, 2018
I chose this product not only because of it's top rated math instruction, but because the owner of the company took the time to counsel me directly via email to help me with my child's placement. This company really puts it's money where it's mouth is. They care about people, and it shows. Helping children is their #1 priority.
Tiffiney H on Sep 15, 2018
I've heard great things and excited to try!
Brittany R on Sep 13, 2018
Excellent math curriculum
Abby F on Aug 23, 2018
I like Singapore Math, but needed a little more review, and this is all in one place. No separate books for everything.
ASHLEY Y on Jul 30, 2018
I have a 3rd grade student who is choosing an online home school option this year and I feel like this curriculum will keep him on track.
Susan A on Jul 16, 2018
We love Math Mammoth!
Christy Faurot on May 16, 2018
We really like Maria's teaching style and her youtube videos are great!
Courtney F on Apr 16, 2018
For additional instruction and practice of math concepts covered in Beast Academy
Laura H on Apr 16, 2018
I need a great math program. This is a mastery program that appears to help kids think and do math mentally. It also seems easy to use - the instructions are in the book - no separate teacher's guide. I need what Teaching Textbooks failed to deliver - true understanding of math concepts and also memorization of the basic facts.
Carrie C on Jan 8, 2018
To get free shipping, you need to order $50+ so I went ahead and ordered Grade 3.
Younoos L on Dec 4, 2017
review that I saw on Cathy Duffy which led me to mammoth site which led me to you and yours was cheapest
Josephine S on Nov 24, 2017
Used last year, need current grade level.
Avery S on Oct 25, 2017
mastery based math
Jennifer B on Aug 25, 2017
friend referral
Jina C on Jun 26, 2017
I am working with a special needs child who is behind in math and I want to revisit math skills and make sure there are no deficits in earlier math skills.
Barbara B on Jun 13, 2017
I purchased this for my rising 3rd grader because he did excellently with Year 2. I find this program to cover all the bases with great understanding for the student.
Carrie H on Jun 1, 2017
We have used Math Mammoth for part of 1st grade and all of 2nd grade and my son has done very well.
Shonda K on May 23, 2017
I've used Math Mammoth for grades 1 and 2 and I absolutely love how the program is designed!
Shannon H on May 5, 2017
I like the product
Stephanie W on Mar 7, 2017
Friend recommendation
Maryanne B on Feb 20, 2017
Researched other math programs and this one (according to the reviews) seems to be very successful and affordable. Other programs I found were more expensive and had either no reviews or low rated reviews. The free placement tests helped in making the decision was easy to identify where my student/child is having problems; was not as frustrated with MM than with other math programs.
KIMBERLY W on Jan 24, 2017
Our current math program is not holding my childrens attention and its not meeting our needs. This was recommended by a friend and my 12 year old is doing very well with it!
Gerilyn k on Jan 10, 2017
as a supplement to Singapore my son LOVES math!
Melissa S on Jan 9, 2021
highly recommended by another homeschool mom, economical, and printed!
Regina C on Nov 19, 2020
I just made a purchase. It says these books are "temporarily out of stock". I tried calling, but I keep getting a busy signal. How long before these books are in stock?
A shopper on Aug 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry you have had difficulty getting through to our office. Our lines are very busy these days. We are getting shipments from the supplier almost daily but the courses vary as they come from different printers. In general, we expect backorders to ship between now and the end of August.
Is this the 2020 edition?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is the latest edition.
Are These printed books and not downloads?
A shopper on Oct 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes this is the printed version. Their PDF version is also available for download in a separate listing.
These are hard copies, yes? What type of binding? Color, or black & white?
A shopper on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: These are workbooks with soft covers, printed in black-and-white.They are not hardbound like a textbook.
I have found them to be of good quality. I also recommend this program. I have used Teaching Textbooks, Saxon Math, and Primary Marhmatics, and this is our favorite and most successful so far.
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Rated 2 out of 5
I was really excited about it, but my kids are not at all. I’m bummed.
September 17, 2020
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Definitely reccomend. Not too much or too little work in each section.
June 21, 2020
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this curriculum!
Works for my math loving girl. Flexible to use.
January 30, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love Math Mammoth
I’ve loved using Math Mammoth for my kids, but hated having to print and organize it myself. I love having the workbook format and it keeps everything easily organized for my multiple homeschooled kids.
November 1, 2017
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Well written math curriculum
Finding a math curriculum that's a good fit for my daughter has been a challenge, and Math Mammoth has been the answer to our needs. It is well written, challenging without being overwhelming, the daily lessons are a good length, and the lessons build on each other nicely. We are very pleased.
November 17, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Decent value, enjoyable product
These are the first Math Mammoth books we've tried, but I will definitely continue use. I love that there are links to corresponding online math games, and I like that each lesson ends with a critical thinking puzzle. We're a couple weeks in, but haven't really made it into any new material, so I can't vouch for its teaching efficacy.
September 27, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this set!
We've used Math Mammoth before but bought the digital download. I prefer this set because it's in a booklet already printed and there are answer keys.
August 22, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter was tired and bored of Math U See and starting to hate math! We shopped around and did our research and found this as an option. She loves it!! I love all of the resources and support and great explanations. It's a win win!!
February 7, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Honestly I love this program It is comprehensive and challenging Sadly it wasn't the right fit for my daughter She needs to learn the rules and then do a ton of practice Those route programs that take out the thinking are better for her (the opposite of what I thought!) However I may go back to this program when she has a better grasp of the basics and can "play" with the concepts more - which this program is good with My son who enjoys exploring numbers might be a better fit They also have extra practice sheets on their website
August 26, 2012

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