# Beast Academy 3B Math Practice

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Item #: 000531 9781934124437 4-5

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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.
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
Grade Start
4
Grade End
5
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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kids favorite subject
on Sep 6, 2022
This is an excellent math series, and when purchased together, the Guidebook and Practice book make it easy for kids to learn how to think mathematically and learn about core concepts at a deeper level. It's not just mindless busywork. It actually makes kids think!
on Jun 26, 2021
kids favorite subject
on Sep 6, 2022
Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
on Sep 29, 2021
Had good reviews and seemed like a fun way to learn math.
on Sep 29, 2021
This series is great and we love it!
on Feb 25, 2021
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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
over 4 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
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 7 years ago

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