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How to use Math Mammoth to meet California standards

Now, California has very strict standards when it comes to math. I personally feel they are a bit too strict and advanced. My Math Mammoth books are definitely not perfectly aligned with California standards -- yet they are not too far off if you can combine the material from two neighboring grade levels in Math Mammoth to meet the standards of one grade level in California.

For this outline, I checked tests released by California education department for grades 2-6 to get an idea of what kind of topics are in the standardized tests. As it turns out, Math Mammoth actually fares fairly well against California's mathematics standards. The table below lists the topics that are missing from each grade level in Math Mammoth, and resources to cover those topics.

There doesn't seem to be a test for grade 1, so I have omitted it from here too. Math Mammoth grade 1 is probably adequate for California grade 1 because it is not lagging behind in grade 2 (I found only a few topics missing from MM 2 that are in California grade 2 test).

The basic "recipe" is to use the corresponding Math Mammoth grade level, and to add to it a few supplemental things.

Grade levelMain topics missing
in Math Mammoth
Ideas for supplementation
Grade 2 * Multiplication tables of 2, 5, and 10
   committed to memory
* Concept of division (as equal sharing)
* What are faces, edges, and vertices
   in a three-dimensional solid
Use the chapter for multiplication from MM 3 to study the multiplication tables of 2, 5, and 10.
Use the chapter for division from MM 3 to study the concept of division (the first few lessons).
Explain to a child about faces, edges, and vertices of a solid (can use MM 3 again).

Study through the released California grade 2 math test with the child (it's an end-of-year test).
Use the self-check quizzes from this site.
Grade 3 * multi-digit multiplication
* long division
* concepts of more likely, less likely,
   and equally likely
Use the chapters for multi-digit multiplication and long division from MM 4.
Study through the released California grade 3 math test with the child (it's an end-of-year test).
Use the self-check quizzes from this site.
Grade 4 * rounding decimals
* concept of integers (not calculations)
* factoring
* using formulas
* solving equations
* coordinate grid
* bilateral and rotational symmetry
* classification of triangles
* classification of quadrilaterals
* probability
* median
While there are many topics missing from MM 4 that are in CA standards, a child that studies MM 4 will still get a very good foundation for most of the standards. Some of the missing topics are very minor items (such as median, or rotational symmetry). Some are fairly easy (such as the concept of integers). Solving equations seems to be present quite a bit in the test, and some of this is taught in MM 4, some is in MM 5. See the released California grade 4 math test (it's an end-of-year test) to get an idea of what is required.

For the most part, you can use the corresponding lessons for these missing topics from MM 5. You need to go to MM 6 for probability and factoring. Some topics you can choose to just not teach at this point—missing a few questions on a test should not make the child fail the whole test.

Use the self-check quizzes from this site.
Grade 5 * exponents
* factoring
* divide a decimal by a decimal
* algebraic expressions
* substitution in an algebraic
   expression
* angle sum of a triangle
You can use the corresponding lessons for these missing topics from MM 6.

Please use the released California grade 5 math test (it's an end-of-year test) to get an idea of what is required.

Use the self-check quizzes from this site.
Grade 6 * negative fractions
* matching algebraic expressions
   to situations
* vertical, adjacent, complementary,
   and supplementary angles
* simple random sampling
Fortunately, these missing topics are not very numerous, and so students studying MM 6 should fare reasonably well in a test even if they have not studied these topics.
* Negative fractions are typically included in an algebra 1 curriculum (see number lines for negative fractions).
* Matching algebraic expressions to real-life situations is a skill that doesn't come immediately; students need practice with it. Math Mammoth grades 5 and 6 help some, and most pre-algebra and algebra curricula provide more practice.
* You can easily find definitions of vertical, adjacent, complementary, and supplementary angles online and study them. They are just "vocabulary words," so to speak.
* You can read this about simple random sampling or search more in the Internet. It is not a difficult concept; it just means every item in the sample has to had an equal chance of being selected.

Please see the released California grade 6 math test (it's an end-of-year test) to get an idea of what is required. I would also suggest using the self-check quizzes from this site

To read more about Math Mammoth complete curriculum, follow the links below:

Math Mammoth grade 1
Math Mammoth grade 2
Math Mammoth grade 3
Math Mammoth grade 4
Math Mammoth grade 5
Math Mammoth grade 6

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You can buy Math Mammoth books at:

  • Here at MathMammoth.com website — simply use the "Add to cart" buttons you see on the product pages.
  • Rainbow Resource carries printed copies for the Light Blue series books, plus several CDs (Light Blue and Blue series).
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  • At Teachers Pay Teachers you can purchase the Light Blue Series downloads, plus topical units.
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