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Math Mammoth Grade 3, South African version

Math Mammoth Grade 3, South African version is a complete maths program for 3rd grade. It consists of two student worktexts (A and B), a separate answer key for each, tests, cumulative revisions, and in the download version, an additional worksheet maker (Internet access required) to make extra practice worksheets when needed.

cover for Math Mammoth Grade 3-A Complete Worktext, South African version
182 pages
157 lesson pages

cover for Math Mammoth Grade 3-B Complete Worktext, South African version
164 pages
138 lesson pages

Downloads:
3-A contents and samples
3-B contents and samples
Placement tests




Prices & ordering


Download Grade 3: $37.50
(part A and B worktexts, answer keys, tests, cumulative revisions, a worksheet maker, and Soft-Pak)


Third grade is a time for learning and mastering two (mostly new) operations: multiplication and division within 100. The student also deepens his understanding of addition and subtraction, and uses those in many different contexts, such as with money, time, and geometry.

The main areas of study in Math Mammoth Grade 3 are:

  1. Students develop an understanding of multiplication and division of whole numbers through problems involving equal-sized groups, arrays, and area models. They learn the relationship between multiplication and division, and solve many word problems involving multiplication and division (chapters 2, 3, and 9).
  2. Students develop an understanding of fractions, beginning with unit fractions. They use visual fraction models and study fractions on a number line. Students also compare fractions by using visual fraction models and strategies based on noticing equal numerators or denominators (chapter 10).
  3. Students learn the concepts of area and perimeter. They relate area to multiplication and to addition, recognise perimeter as a linear measure (in contrast with area), and solve problems involving area and perimeter (chapter 7).
  4. Students fluently add and subtract within 1 000, both mentally and in columns (with regrouping). They learn to add and subtract 4-digit numbers, and use addition and subtraction in problem solving (chapters 1 and 6).

Additional topics we study are time (chapter 4), money (chapter 5), measuring (chapter 8), and bar graphs and picture graphs (in various chapters).

Please also see the table of contents for 3-A and 3-B (in the sample files), which will let you see the topics covered in more detail.

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 maths and developing number sense
  • very little teacher preparation needed

Additional features for the download version

The downloadable version includes a worksheet maker (Internet access required) that lets you make extra practice worksheets for many of the topics in the curriculum.

The PDFs in the download version are enabled for annotation. This means that if you prefer, your student can fill them in on the computer, using the typewriter and drawing tools in Acrobat Reader version 9 or greater.

BONUS! If you purchase the download version in Kagi store, you will also get Soft-Pak programs completely FREE. The 7 programs in Soft-Pak (4 maths, 1 language arts, 2 testing) offer both on-screen and printable activities in a low-graphic, high content format. Read more and see screenshots.


South Africa

Math Mammoth South African version has been customized to South Africa in the following manners:

  • The names used are South African names (instead of Jack and Jill, there are Ansie and Mampho).
  • The currency used in word problems is rand. The money chapter teaches both rand and cents, of course.
  • The material is "all metric". In other words, the US customary measuring units are not used.
  • Spelling is British English instead of American English.
  • Paper size is A4.
  • Geographic locations used emphasize South African locations (such as Pretoria, Johannesburg).

Please note that the curriculum is not following the South African official syllabus for 3rd grade maths. Instead, it simply is a copy of the US version of Math Mammoth Grade 3. For the most part, Math Mammoth exceeds South African standards. Some standards may not be covered.


Manipulatives

Here is a list of manipulatives that are needed or recommended for grade 3. Measuring tapes, scales, and measuring cups are only used in the measuring chapter.

  1. An old-fashioned alarm clock or other analog clock where you can turn the minute hand and the hour hand will turn as it is supposed to (optional; for 3-A).
  2. A ruler that measures in inches (for 3-B).
  3. A ruler that measures in centimeters (for 3-B).
  4. A measuring tape that measures in feet (for 3-B).
  5. A measuring tape that measures in meters (for 3-B).
  6. A kitchen scales that measures in ounces (for 3-B).
  7. A kitchen scales that measures in grams (for 3-B).
  8. A measuring cup that measures 1 cup (for 3-B), a pint jar, and a quart jar.
  9. A measuring cup that measures in milliliters (for 3-B).
  10. Fraction manipulatives. The curriculum contains printables to make your own fraction manipulatives. The text uses visual pie models extensively, and students even learn to draw them themselves for the exercises, therefore making or buying the manipulatives is entirely optional (optional; for 3-B).


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You can buy Math Mammoth books at:

  • CurrClick.com carries all Blue, Golden, and Light Blue series books as downloads. They accept credit cards and Paypal. You will be able to download the products immediately upon the purchase, and also return to your account at CurrClick to redownload.
  • Rainbow Resource carries printed copies for the Light Blue series books, plus several CDs (Light Blue and Blue series).
  • Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers download versions of the Light Blue series, plus the Blue series bundle.
  • Educents carries download versions of the Light Blue and Blue series.
  • K5 Learning offers download versions of the Blue series.
  • Lulu offers printed copies for the Blue, Golden, and Light Blue series books.

By purchasing any of the books, permission IS granted for the teacher (or parent) to reproduce this material to be used with his/her students in a teaching situation; not for commercial resale. However, you are not permitted to share the material with another teacher.

In other words, you are permitted to make copies for the students/children you are teaching, but not for other teachers' usage.


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