Beast Academy 3C Math Guide

Beast Academy 3C Math Guide

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Item #: 000534
ISBN: 9781934124444
Grades: 4-5

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Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 3C includes chapters on variables, division, and measurement.

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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We have done Beast Academy 2a-d and 3a-b and we really enjoy the puzzle-like math problems, the comic book style guide and the way they get you thinking deeply and flexibly about numbers and math.
Michelle R on Feb 25, 2021
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 2020
We have done Beast Academy 2a-d and 3a-b and we really enjoy the puzzle-like math problems, the comic book style guide and the way they get you thinking deeply and flexibly about numbers and math.
Michelle R on Feb 25, 2021
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 2020
Fun supplement teaching a different way to look at math.
Hannah S on Jul 30, 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
For a friend.
Jennifer C on Jul 8, 2019
Decided to try it as a math curriculum.
Francesca M on Mar 16, 2019
This program requires more critical thinking and provides more challenge.
Todd F on Feb 8, 2019
This series has been a very good fit for our family. It's challenging, but fun.
Brittany L on Oct 25, 2018
Love how conversation-based these are!
Nicole G on Sep 6, 2018
My son really enjoys this math program. He loves comics and he loves to be challenged in math.
MARGUERITE C on Aug 17, 2018
I wanted to make math more fun for my daughter, and this looked promising.
Sarah E on Jul 14, 2018
was recommended by friend
Yulia K on Apr 29, 2018
Beast Academy is an amazing math curriculum that really teaches how math concepts work.
Laura on Apr 16, 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
My son and daughter love this curriculum and requested all the books after we did a trial run on 3A. It's a different approach but they love it.
Shawn S on Mar 26, 2018
My son loves Beast Academy!
Wendy L on Feb 9, 2018
For fun reviewing purposes with an older child who struggles with dyscalculia
Svava C on Sep 4, 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
This curriculum has been such a blessing in our home. My daughter struggled with Math until we tried Beast. We now have great conversations about mathematics! It is very challenging, but doesn't create the anxiety that traditional math programs did.
Julie M on Aug 22, 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
"I was worried about teaching math to my son, since I never did well in that subject myself growing up. Beast Academy is not only easy for me to understand, it's funny! He ASKS to do more math because he enjoys the format and characters so much. Most importantly, Beast Academy doesn't loop - there's no constant review that bogs him down. He can master the concept through the various ways the practice book presents, then move on. It keeps him excited about math! "
Jennifer V on May 13, 2017
Gifted daughter does this at school instead
Michael A on May 6, 2017
complete challenging book
Gitanjali K on Sep 8, 2016
We've used the previous two books to this and my son (who struggles with and does not like math) enjoys this program. The comic book style guide appeals to him, as does the story-problem style approach. It's different than any other math program we've tried; really works on understanding rather than just memorizing. IT can be a bit hard to follow parent/teacher wise, but you get the hang of it. It's been a good fit for us.
shozo u on Jun 30, 2016
To see if this would help children with math. It has a different format.
Susan L on Apr 26, 2016
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
Fun supplement teaching a different way to look at math.
Hannah S on Jul 30, 2020
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My daughter really enjoys the stories and looks forward to the next section. She is much more enthusiastic about math than before, and likes the puzzles.
August 15, 2018
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