Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 6 Set

Math Mammoth Light Blue Series Grade 6 Set


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Item #: MMSET6
Grades: 6

Product Description:

This Grade 6 set includes student Workbook A and student Workbook B, the Answer Key and the Tests with Cumulative Review.

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Publisher Description:

Math Mammoth Grade 6 Complete Curriculum is a complete math program for 6th grade. It consists of two student worktexts (A and B), a separate answer key for each, tests, cumulative reviews, and in the download version, an additional worksheet maker (Internet access required) to make extra practice worksheets when needed.

The two books (worktext part A and part B) deal with

  • review of the basic operations with whole numbers
  • beginning algebra topics: expressions, equations, and inequalities review of all decimal arithmetic
  • introduction to ratios and percent
  • prime factorization, GCF, and LCM
  • a review of fraction arithmetic from 5th grade, plus a focus on division of fractions
  • the concept of integers, coordinate grid, addition & subtraction of integers
  • geometry: review of quadrilaterals & drawing problems; area of triangles & polygons; volume of rectangular prisms with fractional edge lengths; surface area
  • statistics: concept of distribution, measures of center, measures of variation, boxplots, stem-and-leaf plots, histograms

Some main features of Math Mammoth complete curriculum (Light Blue series) are:

  • focuses on understanding of mathematical concepts
  • uses clear explanations, lots of visual exercises and pattern exercises
  • mastery oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, with fairly few topics per grade
  • emphasizes mental math and developing number sense
  • very little teacher preparation needed

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 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 tried Horizons Math and while I appreciate the color block separations and spiral method, my son needed more extensive explanation details. I got to check out a Mammoth Math book from another homeschool mom and I really liked the way it broke down the processes step by step.
Sisily M on Aug 25, 2023
Previous Math Mammoth has been very good
Dagmar S on Jan 23, 2023
We tried Horizons Math and while I appreciate the color block separations and spiral method, my son needed more extensive explanation details. I got to check out a Mammoth Math book from another homeschool mom and I really liked the way it broke down the processes step by step.
Sisily M on Aug 25, 2023
This series has been a great tool for my son who excels at math. We use this in addition to his other curriculum to make sure he has a challenging learning experience.
Heather D on Aug 9, 2023
Previous Math Mammoth has been very good
Dagmar S on Jan 23, 2023
We finished Grade 5.
Faye G on Sep 19, 2022
Needed for a learning center class.
Riannon M on Aug 10, 2022
Mom's from my area mentioned they use this for their home school kids.
DeDe Q on Aug 10, 2022
We are suddenly homeschooling in 6th grade. Since my child will be jumping into the middle of a different math curriculum suddenly, Math Mammoth was a better fit than Saxon or Singapore Dimensions.
Corinne M on Aug 3, 2022
I used the 5th grade one last year successfully. wanted to continue
Paula V on Jul 31, 2022
I like Math Mammoth and there was a sale.
Laura T on Jul 30, 2022
Math Mammoth has worked very well for my youngest son's math program. This will be our third year using the series and we see no need to change something that is clearly effective.
Sarah G on Jul 27, 2022
after thoroughly researching I felt like this will work well for my son
Jen S on Jul 2, 2022
Wish I had found Math Mammoth a long time ago. It's BY FAR the best math series out there! Comprehensive without being boring or overwhelming. Highly recommended!
Susan B on May 30, 2022
I have enjoyed Mammoth Math explaining how to do mental math. It is definitely challenging for my son who is good at math!
Cassondra B on Jan 19, 2022
Trying a new math program for homeschooling my sixth grader.
Esther D on Jan 6, 2022
we did grade 5 and it worked well by recommendation of other HS parents
Melissa P on Nov 4, 2021
Used it with older daughter, liked it.
Emily M on Sep 15, 2021
We've been using this curriculum for three years and my daughter has really begun to understand math.
Jamie M on Sep 7, 2021
My daughter loves this program! It is very user friendly and covers advanced problems. Her math skills have greatly improved since using this program!
Meena P on Sep 4, 2021
Great price, great reviews!
Laurel L on Aug 31, 2021
Reccommended on a fb group
Allyson M on Aug 26, 2021
I've had a few friends recommend these to me and I read the review on Cathy Duffey's website and it seems like a great fit for my son.
Chelsea T on Aug 14, 2021
I have used it in the past and love it!
Audrea W on Aug 13, 2021
I love how easy it is for the student to work independently with this series!
Mindy J on Aug 12, 2021
I was using another curriculum. By the time my children reached high school, we noticed gaps in their math skills. My 6th grader was also having trouble. I am switching all my elementary children over to Math Mammoth after using the some of the specific skills books they produce to boost weak areas. I was very satisfied with them. I have also been happy with the high school suggestions that Math Mammoth has given, my senior son is finally understanding Geometry and loving it.
SETH H on Aug 11, 2021
Trying instead of Saxon for my daughter :)
Lisa D on Jul 21, 2021
Switching from Saxon which did a great job but have some gaps that i want to cover -EOY from website was very helpful to lead me where to start
Erika P on Jun 24, 2021
I am excited to have everything aligned with common core and I already use your videos as an extra instruction. Love the videos!
Debbie F on May 27, 2021
Fantastic Math Curriculum!! Kids work very independently but ask for help if they have a question about the problem!
Kelly R on Mar 24, 2021
We are coming from public school to homeschooling and this was highly recommended to us. After looking at a few other curriculums, we feel this one will appropriately prepare our daughter for her next level of math.
Beth B on Jan 24, 2021
Needed a mid year switch. Our previous math curriculum just want a good fit. We worked from he math mammoth multiplication workbook and decided this might be a better fit
Rachel M on Jan 15, 2021
Math Mammoth is thorough can mostly be done by the student independently, and builds true math understanding.
David P on Jan 8, 2021
It got great reviews and I liked the samples on their website!
courtney b on Nov 18, 2020
Recommended by a friend who has been using this curriculum. Maria Miller was helpful in guiding me to some review for my student.
Kelly L on Sep 21, 2020
Instructions written out in a way students can understand. Very little parent involvement needed. Keeps up with state standards but made in a simple and creative way. We love MM!
meghan k on Sep 18, 2020
Marie F on Sep 13, 2020
A Friend
Jodie W on Sep 10, 2020
Recommended by home schooler with great math background.
Brendan C on Aug 19, 2020
We needed supplements to our current curriculum.
Deborah M on Aug 15, 2020
Previously have used and enjoy this curriculum
Deborah C on Aug 13, 2020
Math Mammoth is a very comprehensive and thorough program that does not require internet access although you can watch some videos for instruction if you need them.
Kade A on Aug 12, 2020
I thought it would help build confidence in my daughter, and help her enjoy math again.
Erin J on Jul 30, 2020
Common core
Penney B on Jul 12, 2020
We have used Math Mammoth for several different grade levels, particularly grade 6 and 7, and are quite pleased. 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
This program is a complete curriculum with video and interactive supports.
Angie M on Jul 1, 2020
we love Math Mammoth!
Lisa M on Jun 3, 2020
I've been using this for 4 years. I taught high school math for 8 years and Algebra at a local community college for 8 years. I have used Singapore Math as well as Math Mammoth. Singapore seems to be created for a math educator where Math Mammoth could be for anyone because the learning is built in to the student workbooks. I prefer the mastery model. I love how MM shows multiple ways to do a problem so that the child is exposed to more than one method and can choose which they prefer.
Bonnie H on Apr 27, 2020
We are struggling with Saxon Math, so I am going to try Math Mammoth.
Amy N on Apr 1, 2020
Buying it for a friend because we are loving it. We are switching from Saxon.
Sharon B on Jan 7, 2020
I like the amount of supplemental work provided. I like that there are worksheet generators that provide my child with ongoing practice in the concepts that are taught. I found this curriculum in a search on Bing. It was nice to be able to access free worksheets so we could sample the program prior to purchasing.
Deborah F on Oct 17, 2019
This is the next workbook my son is ready for. He 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
This series has been a great tool for my son who excels at math. We use this in addition to his other curriculum to make sure he has a challenging learning experience.
Heather D on Aug 9, 2023
We finished Grade 5.
Faye G on Sep 19, 2022
What year publication are these books?
Khadiza on Aug 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The date on them is late 2019. This is referred to as the '2020 edition.'
Are these printed in color or black and white?
A shopper on Jan 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It would say "colored version" in parenthesis in the title if it were colored. I have never ordered the colored version. I have seen sample pages though and there is not a lot of color compared to something like Singapore Math's Primary Mathematics. You may want to try to find some sample pages to look at to see if your child needs the colored version or not. We bought this set, and I simply highlight the important information as we go over the lesson with my son.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for introductions into math that is getting ready for high school
Great program my 10 year old is doing well this starting sixth grade with this.
September 11, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Favorite math series
I’m really enjoying the Math Mammoth series. It is challenging and presented in a fun format. We’ve been homeschooling for over 20 years and this is my favorite math series so far!
March 22, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Such a blessing!
This is our 7th year of homeschooling and we have tried at least that many math programs for my 8th grade daughter. She has dyslexia and a few of the early year programs we tried were built around a story (this confused her)...after that we switched to simple workbooks. This was easier but she never got a full understanding of what she was doing. Next came the online programs. They made the day easier and she understood enough to complete the assignments but as soon as they switched to a new topic she forgot what she learned before. Last year we discovered MM and it has been a God send! After taking the assessment, we realized that we needed to place her 2 grade levels lower than she “should be.” MM slowly builds on itself and review is built into every section so at the end of the year she had actually retained everything that she had learned! My only complaint was that there were a couple sections that were a little too “Common Core” for us, my daughter didn’t understand why they wanted her to break a problem down that way, so I had her to just work the problems the standard way. Don’t be afraid to adjust any curriculum to fit your child’s needs.
August 1, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Good curriculum!
Mammoth math is an interesting curriculum. It definitely explains things more in depth than other math curriculums that I’ve used. I still teach the concepts, but the information is well put together. I would recommend this curriculum, although I would not say it’s always self taught. I did find some of the examples could have been better examples. That’s the only faultI found. I’m using it as an alternative to Saxon for my son who struggles with math.
May 2, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Resource!
I purchased Grade 6 set as a resource for my rising 6th grade daughter as she continues her math studies over the summer. She is public schooled and has qualified for 7th grade math but will be a 6th grader in the fall. She took the 6th grade end of year assessment that MM provides on ttheir website and realized that she has some gaps in 3-4 key areas. She is studying those areas this summer so she can have solid foundation for Math 7 this fall. I love this series because the written explanations are so good! Shipment arrived timely. No issues at all. Wish this series continued past Grade 7!
July 6, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best Maths Curriculum
Math Mammoth is the best maths curriculum we have used. The children are getting much faster with their mental maths strategies, which are encouraged throughout all of the Math Mammoth curriculum. Being a home schooling Mum, who was not good at Maths when I was at school, I am learning more than I have ever learnt, and understanding the decimals and fractions, which I have never understood!
February 24, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
best math curriculum
Best math program available in my opinion, love how the Europeans teach must better then us here in the US
February 4, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Math Mammoth
I was a math major in college and have been a math teacher as well, and I LOVE these books. I have liked all levels of Math Mammoth, and I think the 6th grade level is excellent. Very nicely laid out, easy to understand, wonderful examples and appropriately challenging problems. This is not your "normal" math program- it goes beyond the basics. Make sure to take the placement tests to see where your child should start the program. (don't base it on grade level). This program is wonderful!!
November 9, 2015
over 7 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
love the program but printed books have no color
I am LOVING math mammoth. I only give 3 stars because I ended up returning the printed books--I thought they would be in color as the online samples show, but everything was black and white. My learner does better w/ color so I returned them and got the downloads so i could print myself in color. Rather disappointing as I was hoping to avoid that. The product description should be clear on this point!
November 6, 2015
over 8 years ago

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