Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Math Mammoth: A TOS Crew Review

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From their website:
"Math Mammoth Blue Series books are worktexts or units on specific topics. "Worktext" means that the books contain both explanations of the concepts and lots of varied problems. It is like a textbook and workbook combined.
Each of the Blue Series units concentrates on a few topics only, such as addition & subtraction, place value, clock, measuring, money, multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, ratios, percent, integers, and so on. This topical arrangement makes the books suitable for many kinds of situations, such as:
  • To supplement any other math curriculum;
  • As a remedial material for students who are behind;
  • As a review material on specific topics."

Check the table of contents of the various books on that topic to find the best match. Or, check this table that lists the approximate study order and grade levels for the Blue Series books. 
The Bentz Test Laboratory plans on doing math all.summer.long.  Can I get any "amens" out there?!  It's not really because we got behind finishing our books, it's just that we shall I say it... behind.
We were able to review 4 different titles in the Math Mammoth Blue Series:

Math Mammoth Clock is a 78 page worktext that covers telling time and reading the clock, telling time intervals, and understanding the calendar. It is suitable for grades 1 - 3. - Cost:$4.00

The lessons are divided to the grade-levels: reading the clock to the half-hour is first grade material; reading the clock to the five-minute intervals is second grade; and reading the clock to the minute is third grade level.

Math Mammoth Measuring 1 is a 74 page worktext that covers measuring length, weight, and volume for grades 1-3- Cost: $4.50 (want to see a sample?)

The lessons concentrate on hands-on exercises where the student actually measures things. Using items like rulers, bathroom scales, jars and measuring cups - experience is the best teacher!
Math Mammoth Multiplication 1 is a 99 page self-teaching worktext to learn multiplication concept and the times tables. It lets children first learn well the multiplication concept itself, tying it in with number lines, rows and columns, multiplying by zero, some word problems, and order of operations.
Then the second part practices all the the times tables. The ebook also includes a guide for effective oral drilling.  For grades - Multiplication 1 book is excellent for remedial teaching.  Cost: $5.00
Math Mammoth Percent  is 68 page PDF version is enabled for annotation. It teaches students the concept of percent, percentage of a number, discounts, sales tax, percent of change, circle graphs, and percent of comparison. For grades 6-8. (you get access to online videos too!) Cost: $3.50
Here's a sample video you can check out.

I'm very impressed with the quality of Math Mammoth.  It was easy to choose a topic we needed extra work on,  download the PDF and get right to work.  The workpages are well designed, with the annotation, you can even have your students type right on the computer!  We printed them out and worked on specific areas as needed.

A benefit I notice right away,  having a new "perspective" on the math concepts that they had studied seem to give them a much higher comprehension.  Even though we had practice multiplication all year, seeing it presented in a new way brought new understanding!  I think we're onto something here...

Another thing I really appreciated - the PRICE!  Oftentimes you get what you pay for, well not is this case...with Math Mammoth you get way more than you paid for!  The PDF's are full of instruction, practice and even hands-on activities.  You can get package pricing of the 39 different Blue Series titles at an even lower price! 

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1 comment:

  1. I've been looking for a new math curriculum. I'm going to go over and check it out. I like that there are smaller units just for review.