Beast Academy 3A Math Practice

Beast Academy 3A Math Practice

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ISBN: 9781934124413
Grades: 3

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Beast Academy 3A is the first set in the four-set series for Grade 3. Beast Academy 3A Math Practice provides over 400 problems ranging from introductory level exercises to very challenging puzzles and word problems to reinforce the lessons in the Guide.

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.

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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 Practice book provides over 300 problems ranging from introductory level exercises to very challenging puzzles and word problems.

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
9781934124413
Author
Jason Batterson & Shannon Roge
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.7 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.31"
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It looked fun and was recommended for a kid who is good at math but finds her other curriculum "boring".
Charlotte T on Sep 29, 2019
We love beast academy math
Shani G on Apr 18, 2019
It looked fun and was recommended for a kid who is good at math but finds her other curriculum "boring".
Charlotte T on Sep 29, 2019
Two of my kids have made it through this level of Beast Academy so far, and the third one can't wait to get started!
Shereen V on Jun 24, 2019
We love beast academy math
Shani G on Apr 18, 2019
My son gets bored quite quickly with anything redundant - math being especially tough. After multiple curriculums we've settled nicely into beast academy - it changes things up frequently, he loves reading the guide, and math is much less painful for everyone.
Kellie S on Feb 6, 2019
This was recommended by a friend.
Cori L on Nov 3, 2018
awesome cirriculum. fun but thorough.
Vadim N on Oct 28, 2018
To go with the textbook
Christopher F on Sep 18, 2018
My daughter (9) struggles with math concepts and she loves using this program! Can't go wron when she says, "This is fun!"
Sarah G on Sep 8, 2018
Looks entertaining
User on Jul 8, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Susan E on Apr 30, 2018
provide more in-depth knowledge of math topics
Daniel T on Apr 27, 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
great and fun math program
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
Read very great reviews about Beast academy.
kalaivani s on Jan 19, 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 needed a third copy to use for my 3 students this year.
Rita M on Aug 23, 2017
My son has a great affinity for math and this series looks like it will be great fun.
Shawn S on Aug 22, 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
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
I've heard this is an excellent series perfect for math "achievers," and wanted to give my (bored) third grade daughter something colorful and silly (to pique her interest) as well as meaty. We need a challenge, and this looks to be what we're looking for.
Emmy F on Mar 18, 2017
Definitely not your average 3rd grade math book! Some of the concepts are very challenging, with a tendency towards mental math instead of writing everything down on paper. I'd recommend this for a math-y child, perhaps in 4th grade.
Wendy C on Mar 6, 2017
friends recommended it
Scott T on Jan 11, 2017
We've been using Beast Academy 4, but decided we should double back to work on grade 3. We love Beast Academy. Good fun, and very challenging/in depth math.
Bailey W on Dec 9, 2016
Great reviews from fellow homeschoolers.
Gregory K on Nov 11, 2016
Daughter thought it looked interesting.
Nicole K on Sep 25, 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
comic book style appealing to boys and math reasoning for boy who loves math and whose brain works like this...
Kristin P on Sep 10, 2016
secular and creative
amanda a on Sep 7, 2016
good reviews on the books
Hao Z on Aug 11, 2016
Intense problem solving and mathematical thinking.
Lydia F on Aug 11, 2016
I am looking for a creative and challenging math program for my homeschooling child.
Amy B on Aug 8, 2016
That looks interseting. We are using 5th grade now , and our 1st grader wants too.
Jun Z on Jul 15, 2016
Great reviews.
Lisa on Jul 14, 2016
My oldest has really enjoyed using Beast Academy and his sister has requested the "fun math" for her third grade year.
Jennifer R on Jun 3, 2016
Want to try this with my son who's adept at math and not liking the current program we're in
Sandra C on May 16, 2016
Trying this for the first time to supplement my boys who are zooming through Singapore SE. I think it will give them another perspective and give them more challenge when they "puzzle" out the answers. I am also planning on using Art of Problem Solving after Singapore and I think this will prepare them to think in the same way.
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
My kids love the comic book style math books from this program. The exercises in these student books are challenging - even for me as the parent! We enjoy working through them together as a fun challenge and a way to practice math concepts. This has been a fun add-on to our math program this year.
Lexi H on Feb 22, 2016
My son loves graphic novels and math. He thought this was a great combination.
David M on Jan 10, 2016
Positive reputation from the company. Like RR's reliable shipping time.
Rebecca W on Dec 31, 2015
We are going to use this as a supplement to my daughters current math program
User on Oct 27, 2015
Recommend
Kaarin R on Oct 1, 2015
Two of my kids have made it through this level of Beast Academy so far, and the third one can't wait to get started!
Shereen V on Jun 24, 2019
My son gets bored quite quickly with anything redundant - math being especially tough. After multiple curriculums we've settled nicely into beast academy - it changes things up frequently, he loves reading the guide, and math is much less painful for everyone.
Kellie S on Feb 6, 2019
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Sneaking in the foundations of advanced math
It's really fun watching how this curriculum weaves more advanced concepts into what they are covering. It's obvious that the writers of this curriculum understand math very deeply, and are striving to produce students who do, too.
February 7, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
So happy with this!
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
Great Answer Key!
I love that the answer key gives multiple ways to solve a problem when applicable.
May 17, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Fun and creative
My gifted third grader is enjoying doing these problems. He likes that they make him think about things in a different way.
March 9, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Too Confusing
My 10 year old finds the practice problems very frustrating, and when I help him I get annoyed with it as well. Instead of just reinforcing the concepts that were introduced, it has brain teasers and logic puzzles that don't relate to the concepts. Some of them we haven't been able to figure out at all, even with help from friends who are math teachers! I've started skipping those problems because they don't really matter, but it when each lesson contains several pages like this I feel like I've wasted money on the book.
March 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Wow My 9 year old BEGS to do math
Let's face it, math can be a struggle. Even students who are good in math often drag their feet when it's time to pull out the math books. But not with Beast Academy! After 1 week of Beast Academy Math my 9 year old son brought me his book and begged to do math on SATURDAY! He and his sister are thrilled with this unique curricula and dislike when math time is over. THANK YOU BEAST ACADEMY!
August 31, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years 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
All Beast Academy books are aligned to the 2010 national Common Core State Standards for Mathematics If this is not a problem for you then it will be a good resource I will personally not use anything that is purposefully aligned with Common Core
September 12, 2013
We love Beast Academy! Written in an easy-to-use comic style format these math books are wonderfully accessible! The practice guide gives students a chance to strengthen and expand their skills with mathematical concepts in a fun way For parents and teachers the practice book is cross-referenced with the Guide to make for easy movement between the guides These books are best for students who are already or are working on becoming self-directed learners
June 25, 2013

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