Math Mammoth Grade 5-B, comprises a complete math curriculum for the second half of fifth grade mathematics studies. The curriculum meets and exceeds the Common Core standards.
The first half of fifth grade is covered in Math Mammoth Grade 5-A.
This product, Math Mammoth Grade 5-B, covers graphing and statistics (chapter 5), addition and subtraction of fractions (chapter 6), multiplication and division of fractions (chapter 7), and geometry (chapter 8). The rest of the topics are covered in Math Mammoth Grade 5-A.
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. For the most part, the chapters in the fifth grade curriculum don't have to be studied in the order presented. There are a few exceptions. For example, the lessons on multiplication and division of decimals assume that the student has mastered those operations for whole numbers, and the lessons in the statistics chapter that concern the concept of average assume that the student knows long division, including with decimals. Sometimes the child gets “stuck” with some particular concept and it will seem clearer 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.