Math Mammoth: Review of Make It Real Learning by Frank C. Wilson series

I am familiar with Math Mammoth’s math curriculum offerings and have enjoyed utilizing them in the past. Some of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been using and reviewing different products from Math Mammoth. This time however, I received a product that is offered through Math Mammoth’s website but is written by Frank C. Wilson.  Our family received several e-books from  the Make It Real Learning series which are workbooks geared for grades 3-12. Each one answers the question of “When am I ever going to use this?” and focuses on a certain math theme such as decimals and percentages. The problems and activities in each workbook are based on real life situations and deal with real data. For example, we received the Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I workbook and one of the first sets of problems is centered around baking cakes.  The objectives for this problem scenario all deal with multiplying fractions.  The student is asked to consider what fraction of the cake recipe needs to  be prepared in order to produce a certain number of servings and then how much  of an ingredient is now needed to make that portion.  Unlike some textbooks that just provide the final answer, the Make It Real Learning workbooks provide a step by step solution to each of the problems within the book.  No need for you as the parent to sit down and try to figure out how to do the problem for yourself.

We received Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I, Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II, and Sets, Probability, Statistics I for this review. My oldest is not a math fan so we started using the workbooks from the Frank C. Wilson series in order to supplement our normal math curriculum and to help convince her that math is actually worth learning. Yes it is easy to say that you need math for many things but to actually work on problems that are realistic holds a little more sway than mere words. Each workbook is definitely more motivating than a normal textbook and more fun too. If you have kids who need to see to believe then the Frank C. Wilson Make it Real Learning series is worth the $4.99 cost per workbook. You can even purchase all 11 workbooks for a discounted price of $39.99.

The Make It Real Learning series is not meant to teach the math concepts but it does provide  good supplemental material for your child.

Whether your student is wondering how they might ever use the quadratic equation or how they might use statistics in daily life, these workbooks are sure to make your student think critically as well as start thinking about how they might use math in everyday situations.

List of available workbooks in the Make It Real Learning series:

  • Arithmetic I – for grades 3-6
  • Fractions, Percents, and Decimals I – for grades 4-8.
  • Fractions, Percents, and Decimals II – for grades 6-11.
  • Sets, Probability, and Statistics I – for grades 6-10.
  • Linear Functions I – for algebra 1 and algebra 2.
  • Linear Functions II – for algebra 1 and algebra 2.
  • Quadratic Functions I – for algebra 1 and algebra 2/precalculus.
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions I – for algebra 2/precalculus.
  • Periodic and Piecewise Functions I – for algebra 2/precalculus.
  • Polynomial, Power, Logistic, and Rational Functions I – for algebra 2/precalculus.
  • Calculus I – for grade 12.

You can download a free activity sampler in PDF format  from the Make It Real Learning series HERE.

Each buyer of the Make It Real Learning series are permitted to make copies for their students/children they are teaching, but not for other teachers’ usage.

You can purchase the Make It Real Learning workbooks from HERE. 

You can check out all the reviews the TOS Homeschool Crew has done for Math Mammoth on our Crew Blog HERE.

Note: I received this product for free as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew in order to provide an honest review for my readers.

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