Beast Academy 3B Math Guide

Beast Academy 3B Math Guide

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Item #: 000530
ISBN: 9781934124420
Grades: 4-5

Product Description:

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

Beast Academy 3B covers the following topics:

  • Multiplication: The times table, the commutative and associative properties, multiplying numbers that end in one or more zeroes.
  • Perfect Squares: Squaring a number that ends in 5, finding the next perfect square, multiplying nearby numbers using perfect squares.
  • The Distributive Property: Order of operations, area models of the distributive property, multiplying multi-digit numbers.

Publisher Description:

Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 3B includes chapters on multiplication, perfect squares, and the distributive property.

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

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 & Erich Owen
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Art of Problem Solving
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Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
Trisha C on Sep 29, 2021
Fun and challenging curriculum that keeps my kids engaged. Very good lessons too that have filled in gaps in my OWN math understanding!
Amanda D on Sep 23, 2020
Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
Trisha C on Sep 29, 2021
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
Fun and challenging curriculum that keeps my kids engaged. Very good lessons too that have filled in gaps in my OWN math understanding!
Amanda D on Sep 23, 2020
I chose this because I heard that it was geared towards advanced math students like my math. I love the comic book style aspect of it.
Jessica H on Aug 4, 2020
Fun supplement teaching a different way to look at math.
Hannah S on Jul 30, 2020
My son loves comics and really enjoys math. We picked this because it is a fun yet rigorous program.
Anna F on Jun 5, 2020
Just completing 3A and love it!
KELLY B on Apr 27, 2020
This series has been a very good fit for our family. It's challenging, but fun.
Brittany L on Oct 25, 2018
My son reads this FOR FUN!
Stephanie G on Oct 20, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Holly B on Jun 26, 2018
We tried out Beast Academy this year. I love it and so does one of my sons. (: My other son wouldn't love any math curriculum but he is asking to continue with this one if he HAS to do math. Beast Academy is strong in logic and problem solving skills. Don't be fooled by the comic book appearance, it is a rigorous math curriculum. But don't be intimidated by its outside-the-box thinking either, the back of the practice book is full of hints and thorough explanations for each question.
Andrea B on Mar 29, 2018
Just finished 3A ... loved it! Such a great way to encourage using different parts of the brain for math. These boys devoured it!
ROSANNA G on Mar 26, 2018
"For my son who loves math and needs the critical thinking skills"
Shannon D on Feb 22, 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
I like the reviews for this product
Brenda J on Jan 22, 2018
My daughter loves beast academy.
Laura on Oct 18, 2017
Same as above
Katharine R on Oct 7, 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
Challenging curriculum
Breanne S on May 29, 2017
Have been using Beast Academy. My son loves it. I love it because it is challenging, but well organized and explained
Melissa W on May 27, 2017
Gifted daughter does this at school instead
Michael A on May 6, 2017
Used A book recently. Oldest likes.
User on Apr 18, 2017
I heard it was a great resource for my son learn math.
Wendy L on Mar 22, 2017
My daughter loved 3A, read it through mupltiple times for fun. The combination of the guide and practice book is awesome, too. Fun, colourful, engaging read.
Andrea H on Dec 6, 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
complete challenging book
Gitanjali K on Sep 8, 2016
It gets great reviews from friends.
Alison B on Sep 3, 2016
good reviews on the books
Hao Z on Aug 11, 2016
Looking over.. ( as above)
Faye E on Jul 13, 2016
Almost ready for next level
Karen H on Apr 24, 2016
We are currently using Beast Academy 3A and it is a wonderful resource for building a strong math foundation. We plan to complete the series into the high school level.
User on Feb 14, 2016
My daughter has just started Beast Academy 3A and is loving it!
Rebecca M on Nov 30, 2015
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
I chose this because I heard that it was geared towards advanced math students like my math. I love the comic book style aspect of it.
Jessica H on Aug 4, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Saved our homeschool, working well for the whole family
This program is working very well for my almost 10 year old daughter. We had made it to Singapore 3B, and math was becoming a deal breaker with homeschooling. We had been doing well with Singapore up to that point. This program is fantastic for my daughter who is a fan of comic books and who is a very verbal child. The program is definitely challenging, but in an enjoyable way. My 4 and 7 year olds also sit and listen to me read the “Guide” which is in comic book format. I am enjoying this program as well (so much less stress as everyone finds it entertaining). I want my children to enjoy math and not be intimidated by it- this program provides that math atmosphere. My daughter started 4th grade this fall (using Singapore 3B) but I started with Beast Academy 3A. It is an advanced program so I feel that level 3 is probably average grade 4 work.
December 29, 2018
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
It is a lot of fun for a kid who loves math or loves solving puzzles, but terrible as a curriculum and main learning tool.
March 31, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We all love Beast Academy
I can't say enough about this curriculum! My (advanced) 1st and 3rd grader both enjoy the comic book format, and the problems/activities are so engaging and challenging! They really do encourage thinking and problem solving more than any other math curriculum I've come across. Highly recommended!
February 3, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We purchased Beast Academy 3B as a fun review initially but found it to be so much more Using the workbook is key to learning the new skills taught in this program Beast Academy is far from your standard math curriculum My opinion is that it teaches numeracy not just computation skills as some programs do The characters make learning fun Each day my child will ask to start with Beast Academy and Life of Fred and this is a child who says she doesn't like math We love it and will continue with each book
January 6, 2015

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