Beast Academy 4A Math Guide

Beast Academy 4A Math Guide

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ISBN: 9781934124505
Grades: 4

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Recommended for students ages 10 12.

Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. BA Level 4A includes chapters on shapes, multiplication, and exponents.

The Guide book is written in an engaging comic book style, and the Practice book provides over 400 problems ranging from introductory level exercises to very challenging puzzles and word problems.

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.


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Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
4
ISBN
9781934124505
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.9 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.75" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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Having trouble with Saxon math with younger child who is pretty gifted at math and this was a recommendation from a friend and reviews were great. First quarter very affordable on it's own so decided to try it.
Alisa R on Jun 21, 2021
I just found Beast Academy (in my 6th year of homeschooling) and wish we had known about these a long time ago! Makes math much more fun than any other program we've tried, and doesn't sacrifice ANY academia to do so.
Edward S on Jul 19, 2020
Having trouble with Saxon math with younger child who is pretty gifted at math and this was a recommendation from a friend and reviews were great. First quarter very affordable on it's own so decided to try it.
Alisa R on Jun 21, 2021
I have been really impressed with the related TAoPS Prealgebra book for my 6th grader, so thought we'd give Beast Academy a try for my 4th grader.
Juliana F on Aug 31, 2020
I just found Beast Academy (in my 6th year of homeschooling) and wish we had known about these a long time ago! Makes math much more fun than any other program we've tried, and doesn't sacrifice ANY academia to do so.
Edward S on Jul 19, 2020
We use Beast Academy online as part of our math program, and my child learns much better when he reads from the physical textbook so we're purchasing it!
Loren F on Apr 19, 2020
Student enjoys math & I thought this might be fun.
Kristen L on Oct 17, 2019
We love Beast Academy! This will be out 3rd year using this curriculum.
Lisa Krentz on Sep 6, 2019
The Beast Academy curriculum is by far the most creative and challenging math curriculum that I have found. My son typically wants to start the day with math, and if I do not have one of the stories in the Math Guide scheduled to read for that day, he will find an old one so we can spend time reading the visually enticing, cleverly crafted stories. We have also created voices for each of the characters to add to the fun! The Math Practice book builds upon the concepts introduced in the Guide.
Abigail C on Feb 14, 2019
Interested in these books for my gifted kid, who needs to be challenged.
Jacqueline M on Oct 30, 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
We've always used BJU Math but my youngest is a little overwhelmed with the textbook format. We've read the reviews and are hoping the comic book style will help maintain his attention.
Elizabeth Q on Jun 26, 2018
As a Homeschool this looks like a great way to make math fun and not boring.
Lori M on May 18, 2018
My son just completed Beast Academy 3. He loves the comic book style format of the guide and the problems in the practice book are enough practice without being lots of busy work. He enjoys the games and challenging problems too.
User on Apr 30, 2018
We love to supplement our traditional math program with Beast Academy with this program to teach deeper math and problem solving. By level 5, we just use Beast Academy and transition into their pre-algebra program afterwards.
Michael L on Apr 3, 2018
Fun, Challenging Math Program!
Angela B on Mar 30, 2018
My son loves this curriculum.
Julissa J on Mar 28, 2018
We enjoyed Beast Academy 3.
Timothy S on Jan 19, 2018
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tracey t on Dec 15, 2017
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GILDA O. on Oct 9, 2017
"Saw this curriculum at a Home School Fair and my son and I were intrigued."
Danielle Z on Mar 25, 2017
It's more challenging for my math-y kid.
Wendy C on Mar 6, 2017
My boys love Beast Academy. Even the 12yo will come and listen to the Guide when I read it to the younger kids.
Zach on Nov 10, 2016
Regular math curriculum in school was getting very easy for my daughter. She has excellent mathematical understanding. I searched for a more challenging math curriculum for her grade level. These books seem the perfect fit. I hope she will enjoy Beast Academy books.
Richa A on Sep 6, 2016
I have been really impressed with the related TAoPS Prealgebra book for my 6th grader, so thought we'd give Beast Academy a try for my 4th grader.
Juliana F on Aug 31, 2020
We use Beast Academy online as part of our math program, and my child learns much better when he reads from the physical textbook so we're purchasing it!
Loren F on Apr 19, 2020
Is this a used book? Is there already answers filled in by previous student? We'd like to have books without answers filled out by previous students so that our kid could learn to answer questions by themselves. Thanks!
A shopper on Jan 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: All the items sold by Rainbow Resource Center are new. If you are purchasing a Bargain Version, it means the book may have a small scratch, or a dent, or even a small tear in the cover. The book is still new, but it has a cosmetic blemish.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Thinking encouraged
Love having the guide to go along with the Beast Academy online curriculum. Fantastic math curriculum that encourages thinking.
September 22, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love these so much!
I can’t say enough good things about Beast Academy. My kids love the teaching guide, because it is super entertaining. I love that they walk you through the concept on the way to understanding how to solve the problem. The students learn math on a conceptual level, in a way I never did growing up. The kids truly are developing the art of problem solving - and so am I!

The workbooks are very challenging, and most of the problems make you think outside the box. There is not much drill work included, so you may want to supplement with worksheets for practicing basic skills like math facts.
February 2, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Math Program!
We've been using this for only a week, and I'm already impressed by how thoroughly my 4th grader is understanding the concepts he's learning. The answer key has detailed explanations of how to work each problem, which I love! The whole focus seems to be more on the process of how you got there than just plugging numbers into the formula to get the right answer. It's been refreshing for both my son and me.

The only downside I've found so far is the lack of a schedule. (For lack of a better word...I'm fairly free-spirited.) At the bottom of each practice page, it tells what guide pages it goes with, but I have to look it up every time. And each set of practice pages is of varying lengths, so I have to divide it up so he's not spending 5 minutes one day and overwhelmed the next. It's not a huge deal, and I ended up just making a tentative schedule myself for the chapter. But it is one more extra thing to plan and think about.
September 7, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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