Beast Academy 3A Math Practice

Beast Academy 3A Math Practice

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Item #: 000521
ISBN: 9781934124413
Grades: 4-5

Product Description:

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.

Category Description for Beast Academy Level 3:

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.

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 (A through D). Each part consists of two books: a Guide and a Practice Book, except for Level 1, which combines the Guide and Practice Book into an all-in-one resource for each part. 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. These chapters are further divided into sections (subtopics). For example, Chapter 1 of Grade 3A: Shapes contains sections labeled: Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Polyominoes. In our 3A Sample, parents will find activity sheets, notes, extensions, and games 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 specific 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 the 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 cover a few that the other doesn't. Saxon follows a spiral approach and integrates review, whereas this program is very topical and by design includes 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 handholding. 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 which contains free pre-assessments (with solutions), selected printable practice pages, coloring pages, and errata. 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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Jason Batterson & Shannon Roge
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We have loved the Beast Academy program for our two boys. This is the next step for one of them! These books teach not just how to get the right answer, but how to think.
Charlene B on Jan 17, 2023
Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
Trisha C on Sep 29, 2021
We have loved the Beast Academy program for our two boys. This is the next step for one of them! These books teach not just how to get the right answer, but how to think.
Charlene B on Jan 17, 2023
the best, funnest and most challenging math ever!!! my kids beg for beast academy
kori e on Sep 6, 2022
Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
Trisha C on Sep 29, 2021
I'm trying to find a way to make math fun for my boys. They like comic books so I thought this might be a good fit for them.
Katrina E on Jan 7, 2021
fun math, super challenging
kori e on Aug 27, 2020
Giving Beast Academy a try for the year.
Leanne H on Jul 30, 2020
A great book series for learning math and having fun!
Jianzhong L on Jun 24, 2020
This is an amazing math program that makes you think outside the box.
Elizabeth F on Jan 16, 2020
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
the best, funnest and most challenging math ever!!! my kids beg for beast academy
kori e on Sep 6, 2022
I'm trying to find a way to make math fun for my boys. They like comic books so I thought this might be a good fit for them.
Katrina E on Jan 7, 2021
4.8 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for a math challenge!
These books are a great companion to the guide book. They really build on the challenges set by each lesson. I generally find that my kids will need help at some point (either understanding directions or working through a problem) - so not an independent work book. But it really challenges the kids to reach further and think outside the box.
January 11, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Answer Key!
I love that the answer key gives multiple ways to solve a problem when applicable.
May 17, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 4 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
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
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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