Beast Academy 5A Math Practice

Beast Academy 5A Math Practice

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ISBN: 9781934124611
Grades: 5

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Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Level 5A includes chapters on 3D solids, integers, and expressions & equations.

The practice book provides over 500 problems ranging from introductory level exercises to very challenging puzzles and word problems.

Category Description for Beast Academy Grade 5:

5A practices 3-D solids, integers, expressions and equations. 5B covers statistics, factors & multiples and fractions. 5C will teach sequences, ratios & rates and decimals. 5D includes square roots and exponents. All four guides, practice books and a complete grade-level package are now available.




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.


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Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
5
ISBN
9781934124611
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.85 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.38"
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Makes math more interesting and provides variety (including games) to review concepts. This review applies to all Beast Academy books.
Amanda A on Sep 11, 2019
recommended by a friend
Anne Marie L on Jun 13, 2019
Makes math more interesting and provides variety (including games) to review concepts. This review applies to all Beast Academy books.
Amanda A on Sep 11, 2019
Love it!
Kimberly H on Jun 28, 2019
recommended by a friend
Anne Marie L on Jun 13, 2019
need to go with 5A guide
Rebecca W on Aug 1, 2018
School teacher recommended it for Summer math review.
CYNTHIA L on Jun 11, 2018
daily math practice
Catherine L on Mar 27, 2018
recommended by teacher
Mark P on Mar 16, 2018
My child learns math in depth in a fun way.
Abinet G on Sep 17, 2017
A friend recommended this product, and upon further research of the product, I decided this would be a great program for DS who loves math!
Lisa J on Aug 11, 2017
"Beast Academy is a playful way to interact with math concepts. "
Tara F on Oct 18, 2016
fun math puzzles
Sonja K on Mar 25, 2016
Love this series. Helps with problem solving which is difficult for my kids.
Jan C on Jan 21, 2016
Love it!
Kimberly H on Jun 28, 2019
need to go with 5A guide
Rebecca W on Aug 1, 2018
does this book have answers in the back or a teachers edition?
User on Jun 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the practice books have every answer in the back of the book. Sometimes they also list two or three possible solutions. Some of the practice book pages have puzzles, and these also have solutions in the back. I often have to look at solutions in order to figure out the best way to explain/teach it to my kids.
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Fun, easy and positively challenging!
Great workbook!!
Enabled our daughter to work with guide and practice book mostly by herself.
Fun and easy to work with, solutions in the back are very well explained. Since the curriculum is set up that well, these explanations are seldom needed.
January 26, 2018
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