Beast Academy 2D Math Practice

Beast Academy 2D Math Practice

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Item #: 010640
ISBN: 9781934124376
Grades: 2

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Publisher Description:

Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 2D includes chapters on big numbers, algorithms, and problem solving.

The Practice book provides over 400 problems ranging from introductory level exercises to very challenging puzzles and word problems.

Category Description for Beast Academy Grade 2:

Grade 2 chapters are: 2A Place Value, Comparing, Addition; 2B Subtraction, Expressions, Problem Solving; 2C Measurement, Strategies (+ & -), Odds & Evens; 2D Big Numbers, Algorithms (+ & -); Problem Solving. All four parts 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. 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
2
ISBN
9781934124376
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.85 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.25"
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This will be our 4th edition of Beast Academy (2A, 2B, and 2C completed). We were searching for a challenging and creative math workbook to supplement our son's regular in-school math. Beast Academy has extremely logical, creative, and challenging extension of the regular grade-level concepts. It's everything we were looking for.
Gabrielle D on Jul 2, 2021
I love beast academy for my 2nd grader
Stephanie P on Mar 18, 2021
This will be our 4th edition of Beast Academy (2A, 2B, and 2C completed). We were searching for a challenging and creative math workbook to supplement our son's regular in-school math. Beast Academy has extremely logical, creative, and challenging extension of the regular grade-level concepts. It's everything we were looking for.
Gabrielle D on Jul 2, 2021
Because Beast Academy is the greatest!
Hansen H on Apr 21, 2021
I love beast academy for my 2nd grader
Stephanie P on Mar 18, 2021
My daughter loves the comic book style and fun games!
Lauren D on Feb 4, 2021
Getting this to go along with Beast Academy Online.
Melissa B on Jan 16, 2021
I love the comic book form of the guide and the puzzle approach to learning concepts. It is by no means easy, but it is good. Some additional practice with another source may be needed.
Dana G on Sep 22, 2020
Develops good thinking and problem solving skills. Children "own" the math concepts instead of compute like robots with no understanding.
Mary S on Aug 12, 2020
Love this program, my kids have learned so much!
Elizabeth H on Apr 7, 2020
Core math ideas plus creative math thinking!
Debra G on Mar 19, 2020
Great program. Helps kids develop strong mathematical problem solving skills! Exercises are interesting, not your typical math textbook questions. Don't pay too much attention to the stated grade level either. This will still be challenging for most 3rd and some 4th graders.
Sefa M on Jan 2, 2020
More practice for kids
XIN J on Jul 14, 2019
We love this program! I only bought 2A and 2B to try it out, but it has been a great fit for us and we will continue to use Beast Academy.
Jennifer K on Jul 13, 2019
My kids have been following this series for math practice and I think it's a great book for problem solving, creative thinking and to learn strategies.
Mona N on Jun 18, 2019
We love beast academy 2A and 2B. We can't wait to finish the series.
Margaret T on Jun 16, 2019
My daughter needed more challenging math.
Rachel A on Mar 13, 2019
Because Beast Academy is the greatest!
Hansen H on Apr 21, 2021
My daughter loves the comic book style and fun games!
Lauren D on Feb 4, 2021
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