Beast Academy 3A Math Guide

Beast Academy 3A Math Guide

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ISBN: 9781934124406
Grades: 3

Product Description:

Beast Academy 3A is the first set in the four-set series for Grade 3. Guide 3A delivers complete lessons to the students of Beast Academy in an engaging comic-book style.

Beast Academy 3A covers the following topics:

  • Shapes: Angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, other polygons, puzzles with polyominoes.
  • Skip-Counting: Patterns with repeated addition, arithmetic sequences, foundations for understanding multiplication, distribution, and factoring.
  • Perimeter and Area: Perimeter and area of rectangles, polygons, and rectilinear shapes.

Publisher Description:

Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 3A includes chapters on shapes, skip-counting, and perimeter & area.

The Guide book is written in an engaging comic book style.

The Art of Problem Solving folks present: Beast Academy. Proving that any monster can do math, these comically monstrous beasts take you along with them as they face math challenges both inside and outside the Academy. Described as "rigorous, challenging, engaging, and fun" by the publisher, I would expect nothing less from a curriculum designed to ready your child for the demands of MATHCOUNTS and post-elementary AOPS curricula.

There are four parts for each grade level though the series is not all available as of this writing. Each part consists of two books: a Guide and a Practice book. Core instruction takes place in the Guide which is written in colorful, comic-book style and stars a cast of not-quite-cute monsters. Each book is divided topically into three chapters. Grade 3 chapters are: 3A - Shapes, Skip-Counting, Perimeter and Area; 3B - Multiplication, Perfect Squares, Distributive Property; 3C - Variables, Division, Measurement; 3D - Fractions, Estimation, Area. Grade 4 topics (so far) are: 4A - Shapes, Multiplication, Exponents; 4B - Counting, Division, Logic; and 4C - Factors, Fractions and Integers. These chapters are further divided into sections (subtopics). For example, Chapter 1 of Grade 3A: Shapes contains sections labeled: Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Polyominoes. Activity sheets, asides, notes, extensions, and games are often interspersed between the sections. Helpful, red rectangles at the end of some pages tell you when to break and do practice problems. Stop signs also appear in the corners of some panels. These contain questions for the student to answer before continuing to read. Guides are non-consumable. All written work is done in the corresponding Practice book which contains 300-400 practice problems and puzzles that reinforce the Guides' instruction. Practice chapters each begin with a recommended sequence (like a lesson plan) correlating the reading (Guide) to practice pages. Problem sets generally begin with a recap of the concepts covered and a model problem with solution. Some problems have a pencil icon next to them signaling the student to write an explanation in addition to their answer. "Very challenging" problems are starred. Doubly-starred problems are, well, beastly. For students requiring a little help with these, each has a hint to get them started. These are found in a separate section in the back of the book so students won't be tempted to use them unless necessary. Complete solutions to all problems in the book are also included. All pages in the Practice book are perforated, so you can optionally tear out either problem sets or solution keys if you desire.

So how does this program compare to other math curriculums? Compared to Saxon Grade 3, they cover basically the same topics, though each covers a few that the other doesn't. Saxon follows a spiral approach and integrates review whereas this program is very topical and by the strand with neither tests nor chapter reviews. Saxon is a traditional math course whereas Beast Academy is not. It is innately more conceptual and interactive because of its unique lesson format. While Saxon is intended to be teacher-led, Beast Academy is written to the student. While manipulatives are an integral part of Saxon instruction, they would only be used here by choice as student problem-solving aids (though the characters use "real" objects in the context of the lessons). Students are encouraged to think and problem solve to a greater degree as you might expect in a curriculum from this publisher. There is no shortage of practice problems, a shortcoming often found in less traditional programs. The math-oriented student would get the most mileage (and challenge) out of this program. It is probably NOT for the student that needs a lot of hand-holding. That said, my child that most disliked math would have loved this program because of its highly-visual format and contextual presentation of concepts.

Beast Academy has its own support website www.beastacademy.com which contains free pre-assessments (with solutions), selected printable practice pages, coloring pages, and errata. According to this site, grade four will be completed in 2015 followed by grade 5, then grade 2. When your little beast is finished with grade 5, he or she can move on to AOPS (or any other demanding) middle-school math program.


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Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
3
ISBN
9781934124406
Author
Jason Batterson & Erich Owen
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.9 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.25"
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Fun to read
Shani G on Apr 18, 2019
I am hoping it will be an engaging math program for my son.
Renee T on Jul 31, 2018
Fun to read
Shani G on Apr 18, 2019
Our kids love comics & wanted a math supplement that was challenging and would force them to think outside the box.
Christopher F on Sep 18, 2018
I am hoping it will be an engaging math program for my son.
Renee T on Jul 31, 2018
Looks entertaining
User on Jul 8, 2018
provide more in-depth knowledge of math topics
Daniel T on Apr 27, 2018
Love the comic book style layout for this. I hope it helps my daughter who is strugging with math.
Tara S on Apr 4, 2018
Recommended by colleague who homeschools their kids
Devlin R on Mar 2, 2018
I need some enrichment work for my gifted third grader. This series was recommended by a friend, and we checked out their website and liked what we saw.
Natalie G on Feb 7, 2018
goes with the practice book
Loreal B on Feb 4, 2018
Recommendation of a friend, like the approach, pretest suggested this level for my student
Amanda R on Jan 24, 2018
We use Beast Academy as a supplement and my kids absolutely love them.
Douglas E on Jan 11, 2018
"My 10 year old on theAutism Spectrum loves the 4th grade book we received to review (to access the 4th grade circ.). He absolutely loves the comic book approach and so engaged!"
Samantha M on Nov 1, 2017
"Great way for kids to learn math. The AOPS system for math is very very interesting and challenging. This comes highly recommended by other parents"
Tihunaz M on Sep 1, 2017
I think this will be a fun and challenging math curriculum for my daughter.
Laura H on Jul 8, 2017
Chose this book to improve problem solving skills apart from regular math study.
Mittal P on Jun 28, 2017
Challenging curriculum
Breanne S on May 29, 2017
Comic text appealing to student who is not a fan of math. Recommended by a friend.
Clarissa B on May 3, 2017
"A fellow homeschooling mom owns Beast Academy and, after looking through her books, I decided to give it a try. I hope it will help make math fun while also developing a deeper understanding. I plan to use it as a supplement to our regular program (Math Mammoth). "
Jennifer W on Apr 2, 2017
"Saw this curriculum at a Home School Fair and my son and I were intrigued."
Danielle Z on Mar 25, 2017
I heard it was a great resource for my son learn math.
Wendy L on Mar 22, 2017
friends recommended it
Scott T on Jan 11, 2017
Great reviews from fellow homeschoolers.
Gregory K on Nov 11, 2016
only appropriate curriculum for bright and intuitive math student
Christine B on Sep 24, 2016
"The way math concepts are presented. I'd rather my child work on a few difficult problems than a bunch of easier ones. "
Tiffany C on Sep 23, 2016
Recommended by a friend.
Darci H on Sep 15, 2016
complete challenging book
Gitanjali K on Sep 8, 2016
secular and creative
amanda a on Sep 7, 2016
good reviews on the books
Hao Z on Aug 11, 2016
My son loves this series! Really builds problem-solving skills and is very entertaining.
Kristen H on Aug 9, 2016
I am looking for a creative and challenging math program for my homeschooling child.
Amy B on Aug 8, 2016
Great reviews
Lisa on Jul 14, 2016
Wanted to try it out, heard good reviews on it
Peggy M on Jun 10, 2016
I think it will be a good program to supplement Singapore SE.
Regie S on Apr 15, 2016
Our youngest son is bored with Saxon; looking for something a bit more challenging.
Holly S on Apr 6, 2016
I have read that the comic book presentation helps keep kids interested. In addition, these books are intended to help kids problem solve so they are not focused on rote learning.
Heather J on Feb 10, 2016
My son loves graphic novels and math. Great combination.
David M on Jan 10, 2016
It had very good reviews online and I purchased it to supplement singapore
User on Oct 17, 2015
Our kids love comics & wanted a math supplement that was challenging and would force them to think outside the box.
Christopher F on Sep 18, 2018
Looks entertaining
User on Jul 8, 2018
4.8 / 5.0
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Kids sit and read this in their free time!
We love this series. My children will actually sit on the couch and read the guide books in their spare time. We love the challenge, the variety of problems, and the joy of the mathematics as it's presented. I am a former math teacher and math major, so this is rigorous and delightful. I am using grade "3" for my third and fifth grader...it is much harder than normal curriculum. Some of the problems are even a little challenge for me and my engineer husband...they really teach you to think.
October 23, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Wonderful Fun
We are very pleased with this math book. The comics are fun and informative, quite engaging for my son! He will bring the guide book just about everywhere with him, including reading it before bed.
May 17, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Fun and interesting
I bought this as a supplement for my gifted third grader who wants extra challenges at home. He really enjoys it, and I like the creative thinking involved in the problems. Even his older brother, who is in 9th grade, has found it interesting and has done some of the problems with him.
March 9, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Glad we made the switch
I'm so glad we took the placement test first and ordered the level "below" his current grade level. Switched from Teaching Textbooks 6 and this requires so much more actual thinking, and it's fairly entertaining. A month in and no arguing about math-
that's really saying something around here.
January 15, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Such a fun way to learn math
My daughter carries this book around the house, to the car, inside stores, etc... She LOVES doing it, and spends at least an hour most days reading, re-reading, erasing answers so she can re-work the problems, printing additional sheets from the website (games!), and loves working on this with adults as well. (Most of whom are most impressed with this curriculum!) I'm so glad we've finally landed on an engaging, exciting, fun, and challenging maths curriculum. After a week of working in 3A, we ordered the rest of the third grade set!
April 17, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great for math problem solving & reading tie in. My son finds it very fun and enjoys doing it.
January 6, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good fit for my daughter
My daughter hates math but loves the comic book format and the characters. Beast Academy does require a little supplementation since we have not studied any type of geometry. The material is given in small doses so she is usually not overwhelmed. The accompanying math practice book is a good match.
October 28, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great for kids needing math challenge
I like that this program makes kids think. It is not drill based but more like math puzzles. The comic book style is very friendly and easy for kids to enjoy. The monster characters are learning and you along with them.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Lots Of Love For Beast Academy
My daughter loves the comic book text book. She begs to read it and doesn't mind when we refer to the text book to double check her answers or remind her about whats going on. She adores the characters and laughs at the jokes. This is a fantastic math program that i know she is excited to stick with.
November 10, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Answer to prayer!
This program is truly an answer to prayer. It has my 8 year old reading and explaining the math to his younger siblings. He is motivated and I always peeking ahead. The work is very challenging and I even have to look in the back for the answers for half of them. But we work through it together and really feel like we've had a mental workout! Also, the answers are really well explained in the back.
October 28, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago

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