Beast Academy 4C Math Guide

Beast Academy 4C Math Guide

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ISBN: 9781934124543
Grades: 4

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Beast Academy 4C is the third set in the four-set series for Grade 4. Guide 4C delivers complete lessons to the students of Beast Academy in an engaging comic-book style. The companion book, Practice 4C (sold separately), provides over 500 problems ranging from introductory level exercises to very challenging puzzles and word problems, to reinforce the lessons in the Guide.

Beast Academy 4C covers the following topics:

Factors : Primes, divisibility, prime factorization, factor trees.

Fractions : Adding, subtracting, and converting fractions and mixed numbers.

Integers : Understanding negatives. Adding and subtracting positive and negative integers.

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
4
ISBN
9781934124543
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.9 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.25"
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I am planning on buying Beast Academy 5 as a bundle, but I want to backtrack a little and review some of 4 with my 5th grader before we jump right in. Being able to purchase these as stand-alones are an inexpensive, but fun way to review previous math concepts.
James C on Sep 17, 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
I am planning on buying Beast Academy 5 as a bundle, but I want to backtrack a little and review some of 4 with my 5th grader before we jump right in. Being able to purchase these as stand-alones are an inexpensive, but fun way to review previous math concepts.
James C on Sep 17, 2020
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 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
My husband is a mathematician and math professor, and he finally found a curriculum he approves of! Beast Academy focuses on great problem-solving skills and approaches mathematics better than any other elementary curriculum we've found. Also, the problems are fun, interesting, and imaginative. We started with 3A and are still loving it!
Kirsten A on May 28, 2018
I heard the good comments about these series. My kid also read the samples from the books and like the way math concepts have been illustrated .
Liping Z on Mar 8, 2018
Excellent program that provides a strong foundation in math. My child loves the characters. It makes math fun.
Christine S on Aug 12, 2016
like the book
Gary V on Oct 30, 2015
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 2020
My husband is a mathematician and math professor, and he finally found a curriculum he approves of! Beast Academy focuses on great problem-solving skills and approaches mathematics better than any other elementary curriculum we've found. Also, the problems are fun, interesting, and imaginative. We started with 3A and are still loving it!
Kirsten A on May 28, 2018
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We love Beast Academy!
The books are engaging and the problems are challenging. Math is my kids’ favorite subject, but Saxon was boring and way too easy, even at a grade level above their age. Beast Academy is colorful, fun, and clever, but make no mistake in assuming it is easy. Your child needs to want a challenge in math and we found even grade level Beast Academy is far above what other kids their grade are doing.
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