Math Mammoth Money is a worktext that covers U.S. money-related topics usually encountered during grades 1-3. The book contains both textbook explanations and exercises, and is designed to be very easy to teach from, requiring very little teacher preparation (you do need to find some practice coins before the lessons).
The book starts with first-grade topics such as counting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. While the lessons use pictures for the coins, practicing with real coins is, of course, even better and you should have real money on hand to practice with.
From there, the lessons advance towards second-grade, and finally to third grade topics. Therefore, you can also let your child work the pages of this book in different time periods, and not go through it all at once, depending on your child's current level.
The lesson Making Change explains two basic ways of finding the change: counting up, and subtracting (finding the difference). This is all done with mental math. The next lesson also practices money problems using mental math.
In the last lesson we solve money problems by adding and subtracting money amounts vertically (in columns).
The book contains 55 pages, which includes the answers.
Also, it is enabled for annotation, which means you can fill it in on a computer (with Adobe Reader 9 or higher) or on a tablet using a PDF app with annotation tools.
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I ordered this set and printed it out! All four of my children struggle with recognizing and counting money. We started homeschooling. As we use this packet, matching it with a jar of real coins, we are having fun learning about and recognizing money. It has been very useful to our family. Thanks.
Elizabeth L - Homeschooler - Member Since November 2015
Plenty of options to teach money, this one covers it all
Oct 13, 2015
I ordered this with the Light Blue Series and my kids loved the adding and subtracting section.
Of course I let my kids pay for our groceries whenever we go to the store and use the self checkout machines as practice! We like that it's curriculum is mental math based so it really pushes my kids to solve math problems with visual elements to help them along the way.
Maria Miller, the author of the Math Mammoth books, is a math teacher turned homeschooler. She has a master's degree in mathematics with the teacher educational studies, and minors in physics and statistics. The aim of her math books is first and foremost to explain math in very simple terms, yet rigorously, concentrating on understanding of concepts.