Math Mammoth Grade 4-A, comprises a complete math curriculum for the first half of fourth grade mathematics studies. The curriculum meets and exceeds the Common Core standards. The second half of fourth grade is covered in Math Mammoth Grade 4-B.
This product, Math Mammoth Grade 4-A, covers addition and subtraction and graphs (chapter 1), place value (chapter 2), multi-digit multiplication (chapter 3), and time and measuring (chapter 4).
The rest of the topics are covered in Math Mammoth Grade 4-B.
You will also get separate answer keys, chapter tests, additional cumulative reviews (I do recommend you use at least some of them), and a versatile worksheet maker (Internet access required) for those times when a child needs just a bit more practice.
Some important points to keep in mind when using the curriculum:
- The books (parts A and B) are like a “framework”, but you still have a lot of liberty in planning the child’s studies. Chapters 1, 2, and 3 should be studied in order, and Chapter 3 (multiplication) should be studied before Chapter 5 (division). However, you can be flexible with chapters 4 (time and measuring) and 6 (geometry), and schedule them earlier or later. Also, most lessons from chapters 7 and 8 (fractions and decimals) can be studied earlier; however the topic of finding parts with division should be studied only after mastering division. This is especially advisable if the child is either “stuck” or is perhaps getting bored with some particular topic. Sometimes the concept the child was stuck on can become clear after a break from the topic.
- Math Mammoth is mastery-based, which means it concentrates on a few major topics at a time, in order to study them in depth. However, you can still use it in a spiral manner, if you prefer. Simply have the child study in 2-3 chapters simultaneously. This type of flexible use of the curriculum enables you to truly individualize the instruction for the child.
- Don’t automatically assign all the exercises. Use your judgment, trying to assign just enough for the child’s needs. You can use the skipped exercises later for review. For most children, I recommend to start out by assigning about half of the available exercises. Adjust as necessary.
- For review, the curriculum includes a worksheet maker (Internet access required), mixed review lessons, additional cumulative review lessons, and the word problems continually require usage of past concepts.