Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5 Set

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 5 Set

# MMSET5

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This Grade 5 set includes student Workbook A and student Workbook B, the Answer Key and the Tests with Cumulative Review.

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Category Description for Math Mammoth:

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 mathmammoth.com 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. homeschoolmath.net) 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.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
5
Format
Product Bundle
Brand Name
Taina Maria Miller
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Great math program at a great price! My son requests to stick with it year after year!
Amber C on Aug 5, 2020
I have been using this curriculum and love it. It is easy to use. It is mastery curriculum, so I do have to go through and eliminate some problems if my children are catching on quickly.
Catherine C on Jul 14, 2020
Great math program at a great price! My son requests to stick with it year after year!
Amber C on Aug 5, 2020
I've used previous levels to teach math. The lessons build gradually and are helpful for both parent and student.
Kimberly H on Jul 20, 2020
I have been using this curriculum and love it. It is easy to use. It is mastery curriculum, so I do have to go through and eliminate some problems if my children are catching on quickly.
Catherine C on Jul 14, 2020
We have used Math Mammoth for several different grade levels, particularly grade 6 and 7. Maria's curriculum is a very comprehensive, logical, mastery approach (unlike Saxon) which may appeal to certain students (and teachers!). She explains each math concept from the "ground up," in a way that makes sense, and helps to build the foundation for future, more complicated math concepts. This probably will appeal to those students who are already math and science inclined.
Janet F on Jul 6, 2020
We love Math Mammoth. The explanations are easy to understand and teach the "why" behind each concept.
AMY B on Jul 1, 2020
great price for a complete package
Laura B on May 28, 2020
excellent math program
emily r on May 13, 2020
Math Mammoth has changed the way my 9 year old looks at math. While once resistance and fearful of attempting math he engages and enjoys math time. The easy to follow instructions and clutter free pages makes this program a great choice. We also enjoy using the free videos provided at the math mammoth website. The creator uses a stuffed mammoth to interact with the math problems. I purchased the same one for my son and he loves sitting his mammoth on his shoulder during math time.
Farrah R on May 9, 2020
It's a complete curriculum, works with my son's learning style and is affordable.
Maria G D on Jan 20, 2020
It's a comprehensive and solid curriculum for homeschooling.
Naureen M on Sep 24, 2019
It's affordable
Abby K on Sep 20, 2019
TO IMPROVE MY KID'S MATH SKILL
MIN JUNG S on Sep 15, 2019
positive reviews, ease of use
Sarah M on Sep 6, 2019
As a homeschooling parent, I've spent a lot of time researching different secular curriculum options, and Math Mammoth has been recommended often on forums and blogs. After reviewing the samples and reading about the way the math is taught, my family and I decided to try it because it sounds like it will work nicely with the way our child learns.
Madison T on Aug 31, 2019
It is a great math curriculum with very clear instructions not only for the parents but for the student. I love the spiral approach
araceli G on Aug 29, 2019
It seems like a really good, comprehensive math curriculum. I like that there are additional online resources and videos that will help me teach math to my son using this program.
Heather A on Aug 24, 2019
Clear concepts. Not too much explanation to confuse kids, but lots of examples and visuals.
Darcie D on Aug 23, 2019
Needed for schooling
Kate F on Aug 9, 2019
I chose mammoth math after looking at a friends books she used for her kids. I also watched the online videos on mammoth math websites and decided it was a good fit for my child.
Felisha C on Aug 7, 2019
Good reviews, good for my student who needs a little different way to learn math.
Christine H on Aug 5, 2019
I'm homeschooling my grandson.
Mimi H on Aug 1, 2019
homeschooling my 5th grader this year
Charles D on Jun 21, 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
My wife found these books. We home school our boys.
Eric C on May 22, 2019
Cathy Duffy reviews
Melissa M on Apr 19, 2019
Straight forward student directed math program.
Katie M on Jan 3, 2019
Math Mammoth is an excellent independent math curriculum. Love It!
Carmelita L on Oct 9, 2018
A perfect math curriculum for Elementary students. It has a good lesson, enough review and mastery based without it being too much.
Ronel G on Oct 9, 2018
We started this math last year and it worked well for us!<br />Thankyou
Lori N on Sep 22, 2018
I've heard great things and excited to try!
Brittany R on Sep 13, 2018
I bought this for my 6th grader, because we started out with level 6 and it was too advanced coming from mathematical reasoning level 5 book from last year.
Monica R on Sep 7, 2018
Excellent math curriculum
Abby F on Aug 23, 2018
My 5th Grader has used Math Mammoth since 2nd grade after other math curriculum we used just didn't work right for him. This straight forward book can be self taught if you've got a student who is proficient in Math. It's affordable and well presented without all the fluff.
ashley p on Jun 7, 2018
looked clear and simple
Patricia P on May 21, 2018
I have been using this curriculum for years. The strategies taught set my children up to succeed in math.
Tammy M on Mar 18, 2018
I Hope it will be a good fit for the next curriculum after using miquon for 5 years.
Lauren D. on Mar 12, 2018
Next book we are using. We like it.
Megan T on Sep 29, 2017
We used Math Mammoth for the first time last year. It seems paced well for what we need and most of the explanations were easy to understand.
Tim E on Sep 1, 2017
follows CC
Joshua E on Aug 28, 2017
Used in the past.
Angela Y on Aug 24, 2017
This will be our third year using Math Mammoth. We are happy with it.
Zaneta D on May 28, 2017
for math curriculum
Karen C on Mar 21, 2017
Complete easy to understand math curriculum
Bridget M on Mar 11, 2017
I like the product
Stephanie W on Mar 7, 2017
This was a good transition from Miquon math, albeit with more of a traditional textbook feel. Combined with Khan academy online, we were happy with the material and price.
Michelle H on Dec 9, 2016
satisfied with the series, continuing to use
Jinnah E on Nov 4, 2016
We love Math Mammoth! Very thorough, real world teaching!
Katie P on Oct 31, 2016
Grade 6 was too advanced
Candace H on Oct 16, 2016
My kids (ages 11 and almost 10) are doing well. Neither of them enjoy Math, but these workbooks are well equipping them to compute all kinds of math problems.
Amy A on Sep 21, 2016
I like the approach that Math Mammoth uses. We were using Beast Academy before and that did not wok out for us at all. Combined with the approach and good reviews I feel like Math Mammoth will be a good choice for us.
Amy G on Sep 15, 2016
I've used previous levels to teach math. The lessons build gradually and are helpful for both parent and student.
Kimberly H on Jul 20, 2020
We have used Math Mammoth for several different grade levels, particularly grade 6 and 7. Maria's curriculum is a very comprehensive, logical, mastery approach (unlike Saxon) which may appeal to certain students (and teachers!). She explains each math concept from the "ground up," in a way that makes sense, and helps to build the foundation for future, more complicated math concepts. This probably will appeal to those students who are already math and science inclined.
Janet F on Jul 6, 2020
Are these books spiral bound?
A shopper on May 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No. The copies I purchased here at Rainbow were glue-bound. I'm pretty sure that a different vendor offers the spiral-bound copies. Look for that info on the author's website.
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I purchased this when I suddenly found myself homeschooling due to Covid19. I was looking for something that I didn't have to "teach" or buy a teachers book, and this has the instructions right in the workbook. If my son doesn't understand the instructions, there are also available instructional videos online. There are also websites listed at the beginning of each chapter for additional resources. My son says that he likes this curriculum because he gets to focus on new concepts until he understands them. I like it because I think it is more challenging than what he was getting. We have gone back and reviewed some of the things he had already learned and he understands them much better now. His teacher at school says that he will be very prepared for 6th grade, and even ahead.
May 27, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Math mammoth makes math fun and exciting I love teaching this curriculum it’s fantastic!
January 18, 2020
Purchased
7 months ago
Promptly returned
Had high hopes for MM. We came from 1 full year of grade 4 Saxon, where my son hated the fact that he could not write in the Saxon book. With MM, students CAN write in the text--yay! Sadly though, i did not research this curriculum--enough. Lesson 1 reviewed pemdas, which was challenging for my 5th grader, but we trudged along. Lesson 2 was a review of addition/subtraction--whew--relief, I thought. Au contraire. A "simple" review of addition-- using the MM way--brought my son to tears and his mom to utter frustration. (Did you know that there are three definitions for the word sum? The sum, the sum calculated and the sum written. Is this even necessary in the elementary years?) At that point, I was ready to throw this book across the room. I have never had such a strong reaction to a curriculum and we've been at this for 13+ years now. I am willing and quite able to tweak anything to fit our learning styles/habits, sticking it out to the bitter end, if need be, to get my money's worth, but not so with MM. We have now moved on to R&S math grade 5. My son is back to-- not being able to write in the textbook-- again, but he is so very glad to-- not be doing MM anymore. R&S is not perfect, but it IS straight forward and it gets the job done (since R&S is so economical, one could use the money "saved" from that purchase--to purchase and follow up with LOF over the summer for conceptualizing) Speaking of...there IS a place for (over?)-conceptualizing math THE WAY MM does it, but maybe in the later years? grade 7 or so? I would recommend MM for those who absolutely love math and can't get enough of it; those who love learning about the nuances and/or finer points of HOW and WHY to do math.
September 26, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
Very in-depth. Gives the students plenty of time to master each skill.
October 21, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
It's a great program! I do wish the explanations were a bit longer and in depth, but overall it has been a good program for my son!
October 15, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
A WINNER!!!
We have 7 kids and MathMammoth has worked with all of them who have used it so far! With the last little guy coming up, there is no doubt that he will be using it as well. Our first child did another math program and scored terribly on state tests. I knew something had to change! (Poor first kids! LOL!) We switched to MathMammoth and all the kids using it have tested several grades above since! The program is not too teacher-intensive for a momma needing to help multiple kids and they are all learning so much! This homeschool momma is *very* happy we found MathMammoth!!! Oh, and we found it through a friend who worked for NASA and told me it was an excellent program! She KNEW what she was talking about! :D
September 11, 2018
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
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Math Mammoth
I love this curriculum. Easy to follow. Rigorous yet straightforward. Instructions are detailed without being tedious, challenging without being overwhelming. The content is thorough and comprehensive. This curriculum is easy on students and teachers without sacrificing quality and rigor.
April 6, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Regret
I thought I did a decent enough job researching this math curriculum and comparing it to others. I was trying to avoid anything common core. I know this curricula is said to be "common core aligned" (or whatever the phrase was), but I guess I just didn't fully realize what that meant. I bought this because of its claimed mastery spiral approach. theres a mix of common core style and traditional (how I learned math!) and I think that mix takes away from mastering the topic. When the topic throws in a few problems cc style, if my son doesn't get it, I have him skip the cc way of doing the problem and have him do it the traditional way and he has no problems. Proof (imo) that cc doesn't work. Also, there's not enough space for my son to do the work right next to or near the problem. And there's been problems thrown in that make us say "huh?! Where'd that come from?!" I'll look back thru previous pages to see where it was taught so he can review and we don't see discussion/examples for this out of the blue math problem. No I would not recommend math mammoth. (Background: this is our 2nd year of homeschooling. My boys are 8th and 5th grade. Last year we used Khan academy, which is very much common core, very much headache and frustration! I have my 8th grader doing teaching textbooks...so far no problems and haven't noticed any common core way of doing things. Will probably use teaching textbooks for both my boys next year despite the expense.) if you do buy this curricula, good luck.
November 12, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Love it!
First of all this is harder than 5th grade so be sure to get the right books. One of my sons was struggling with the spiral method like saxon and was discouraged. I got him this and it is just right for him. He loves working in a workbook with the directions in the same book.
November 5, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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