Over the last several weeks, my son has been getting a lot of extra math practice using the Math Mammoth Blue Series. We have been working our way through a PDF download of Fractions & Decimals 3 (Grade 6). We also got to choose two other worktexts to try — Percent (Grades 6-8) and Ratios, Proportions & Problem Solving (Grades 5-7).
About Math Mammoth
Math Mammoth offers affordable and quality worktexts and workbooks for grades 1-12. All are available as PDF downloads, and most are also available as printed books. A free math assessment is available on the website, as well as over 400 free sample pages of various books for you to try.
Math Mammoth Blue Series are worktexts arranged topically that concentrate on a few topics each, such as addition & subtraction, place value, clock, measuring, money, multiplication, division, geometry, fractions, decimals, and more. Each book includes both the explanations of the concepts and lots of practice.
How We Used This Product
After receiving and downloading all three worktexts, we began with Fractions & Decimals 3. Because my son has a pretty good grasp of decimals already, we worked quickly through the decimal portion, only doing half of the problems for specific areas. Here is a peak at the table of contents for this portion of the worktext:
Once we moved onto the fractions portion of the book, things moved a lot slower and meltdowns ensued. One thing I realized early on is that my son needs more explanation as to the “why certain things are done they way they are done” and this particular worktext assumes the student already has a grasp on the whys. But I wanted to stretch him when I chose this book, so there is much stretching going on, sometimes painful!
All of the worktexts come with helpful links to offsite resources which provide games and other helps to provide your student with the tools necessary to fully grasp the concepts being taught.
Here my son was working through a game of mixed fractions from Sheppard’s Software.
We still have a ways to go before we finish up our Fractions & Decimal worktext, but I am confident that with all of the practice and resources provided, my son will have a better handle on fractions (as well as decimals) once we are done.
We also received two other worktexts as part of this review: Percent (Grades 6-8) and Ratios, Proportions & Problem Solving (Grades 5-7).
The Percent worktext teaches students how to understand the concept of percent, to calculate the percentage of a number, to figure discounts and sales tax, to draw circle graphs, to differentiate between a percentage of change and a percentage of comparison, and to know how to calculate both.
Ratios, Proportions & Problem Solving starts out with the basic concepts of ratio, rate, and unit rate. The lessons on unit rates show how to calculate them and have exercises for practicing calculations. They also include practice with unit rates that have complex fractions. The lessons on proportions show how to solve proportions using cross-multiplying and how to set up proportions the correct way. Lastly, there are different kinds of word problems involving ratios and use a bar model to solve these problems.
We have only done a lesson or two from Percents and have not yet started the last text. Both of these books will be great resources for our summer learning.
Our Final Thoughts
Overall, I believe Math Mammoth is a great resource for both a struggling student, as well as one who needs a little reinforcement in certain areas. There is so much provided by way of practice problems and online help for each text that I am hopeful that as we continue working through the provided material, my son will have a better understanding of the areas where he is struggling.
Are you looking for math help for your struggling student? Are you looking for a way to reinforce concepts that have already been taught? Give Math Mammoth a try. I guarantee you that your student will get the practice they need in order to fill in the gaps in his/her learning.
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