Beast Academy 3D Math Guide

Beast Academy 3D Math Guide

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ISBN: 9781934124468
Grades: 3

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Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 3D includes chapters on fractions, estimation, and area.

The Guide book is written in an engaging comic book style.

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
3
ISBN
9781934124468
Author
Jason Batterson & Erich Owen
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.95 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.31"
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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
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
great curriculum!
Cynthia A on Apr 8, 2019
Explains the concepts so well, in a way that is easy to understand and engaging. My kids enjoy learning new concepts with Beast Academy. The guides are fun; the practice problems are presented as challenging puzzles.
Sarah K on Nov 9, 2018
Very engaging and for motivated students, can be self guided!
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
We liked Beast Academy 3C, and wanted to continue.
Sarah E on Aug 17, 2018
was recommended by friend
Yulia K on Apr 29, 2018
My son loves this curriculum.
Julissa J on Mar 28, 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
recommended
Lianne Z on Mar 16, 2018
My son loves Beast Academy!
Wendy L on Feb 9, 2018
For my daughter who likes to read funny stories with silly characters, and learning number facts at the same time. She likes Life of Fred.
Dyane N on Dec 5, 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
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
The guide books are interesting and entertaining, my daughter often reads them just for fun. They pair very well with the practice books, all pages and units are labeled, and they're small enough (by being divided into A, B, C, and D guides) for easy reading on the couch and are portable as well.
Andrea H on Apr 24, 2017
Beast Academy is so great for kids who prefer to work independently, as my oldest does.
Sherri E on Jan 18, 2017
complete challenging book
Gitanjali K on Sep 8, 2016
Beast Academy is awesome! Anything that can make my risk-averse perfectionist eager to tackle hard things is worth the cost. (And the math is unequalled, too.)
Michelle C on Sep 4, 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
Such a great guide for the Practice book. My children enjoy reading the Guide for fun reading.
Noel D on Feb 19, 2016
recommended by other homeschooling families
Dennis S on Oct 24, 2015
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 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
I own 3A, B, and C. This 3D cover looks different and wondering if it is an older edition than 2015 like the books I have already? Thanks.
A shopper on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have 3A-D printed between 2012 - 2015. My 3D book was printed in 2013, and the title design matches my other books (in green). I looked at the Beast Academy website, and the title on this product page looks like the one on the cover of their new 2A book, so I think this is probably a newer printing.
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So Happy we found this series
After trying seven different math curricula, I am so happy with this! A former math teacher, I wanted my kids to appreciate the beauty of math and love problem solving. My children love the comic style, the characters. They get SO excited when new books come.
One caveat, I would not be dissuaded by the "grade" given. I am using 3rd grade to teach a 3rd and 5th grader; they are learning algebra and the problems sometimes even stump my husband (who is an engineer). Don't be afraid to give a much younger grade...they can move through it faster. I
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