# Beast Academy 3B Math Guide

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Item #: 000530 9781934124420 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 www.beastacademy.com 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.

Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
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5
ISBN
9781934124420
Author
Jason Batterson & Erich Owen
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.44" x 0.19"
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Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
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!
on Sep 23, 2020
Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
on Sep 29, 2021
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
on Oct 30, 2020
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
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.
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
Purchased
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 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
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
fun!
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
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5