Beast Academy 3B Math Practice

Beast Academy 3B Math Practice

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ISBN: 9781934124437
Grades: 3

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Beast Academy 3B is the second set in the four-set series for Grade 3. Beast Academy 3B 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 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.

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.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
3
ISBN
9781934124437
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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We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
great math
kori e on Aug 27, 2020
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
great math
kori e on Aug 27, 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
Giving Beast Academy a try for the year.
Leanne H on Jul 30, 2020
it is a great curriculum and having fun learning math.
Irina B on Jun 11, 2020
Just completing 3A and love it!
KELLY B on Apr 27, 2020
Great fun way to learn complex concept.
Anna S on Mar 2, 2020
I heard amazing things about Beast Academy, so I started my son (4th grade) in 3A. We liked it so much that now we have finished it we are back to buy the rest of the set!
Elisa L on Jan 23, 2020
I tried Beast Academy this year for the first time and loved it. However, my initial purchase only included 3A Guide and Practice Workbook. Therefore, I am purchasing the next book to continue with the program.
Erika D on Jan 18, 2020
This is an amazing math program that makes you think outside the box.
Elizabeth F on Jan 16, 2020
If you have a child who enjoys math, loves puzzles, and likes a good challenge, then Beast Academy is the right math program for them. Continue on your journey with the adorable cartoons--but don't forget the guide book, which provides the instructional aspect of this program!
Shereen V on Sep 15, 2019
My daughter has really enjoyed Beast Academy level 2, and I like the mathematical approach. The guide books and workbooks encourage critical thinking and problem solving, not just memorization of facts or algorithms.
Kristi M on Aug 18, 2019
This series has been a very good fit for our family. It's challenging, but fun.
Brittany L on Oct 25, 2018
Creates outside the box thinking and problem solving. We are finishing up 3b and I have watched my son grow in his problem solving skills.
Stephanie G on Oct 20, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Holly B on Jun 26, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Susan E on Apr 30, 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
We have home schooled for 2 years. My son loves this curriculum and looks forward to doing it. We have tried other programs, but this is the only one he really enjoys. The characters are fun and we read the guide assigning different voices to all the characters. This is challenging and encourages him to process information differently than he is used to with traditional math programs.
Danielle Z on Mar 22, 2018
The critical thinking in Beast Academy is amazing.Apart from the basics,it covers in depth and it's interesting for the kids.
kalaivani s on Mar 8, 2018
Because she is enjoying the review from 3A
Joseph K on Mar 8, 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 3rd 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 son loved 3A and we're looking forward to 3B!
Sarah O on Nov 21, 2017
My daughter loves Beast Academy.
Laura H on Oct 18, 2017
My son who is in 3rd grade would like some additional challenges outside the school's assigned work. I have been recommended this set of practices so that I can work with him during the evenings and weekends.
Na D on Sep 10, 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
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
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
This is an awesome curriculum!
Charlotte B on Feb 15, 2017
Just the right level- enough practice to get it, not so much that it feels boring. Challenging, outside-of-the-box thinking required. Not your standard math book.
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
Because its fun out of the box thinking and lacks repetition.
Courtney H on Sep 4, 2016
good reviews on the books
Hao Z on Aug 11, 2016
Lokking over approaches to teaching math in primary grades.
Faye E on Jul 13, 2016
Ready for next level
Karen H on Apr 24, 2016
We are just finishing up Beast Academy 3A with my 8 year old son. We have tried several different math curriculums and this one is his favorite so far. It's very different from any other curriculum I've seen. Beast Academy is fun, engaging and very challenging for students who appreciate math.
jenna f on Jan 11, 2016
Lots of opportunities to practice each type of problem.
Darcie D on Jan 2, 2016
My daughter has just started Beast Academy 3A and is loving it!
Rebecca M on Nov 30, 2015
I thought the comic would interest him . Trying it for first time
Roopa K on Oct 9, 2015
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
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I love these books. The authors take so much time and effort creating games and activities that make the kids turn the concept around in their mind instead of doing the same process 25 times on a worksheet. I like that they mark the challenging problems. The answer pages are complete explanations so that you and the student can learn instead of just marking it wrong or copying the answer. I do start them a grade lower, such as the level 2's for my third grader.
February 10, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Needs more explanation
I find this needs more explanation and samples for the parent/teacher before the lesson. It would also be cool if it were in color like the comic book. Not a fan of the common core type problems when they pop up. The practice is a bit more challenging in almost a puzzle solving way than other math curriculum we've used. My 9 yr old daughter is already struggling and we thought this would motivate her, but I think she's more discouraged now. We may find something else after we finish this depending on how she feels at the end. If you child can sit and read and do well with math on their own then they'd like this program.
October 29, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago


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