Beast Academy 3D Math Practice

Beast Academy 3D Math Practice

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Item #: 012979
ISBN: 9781934124475
Grades: 4-5

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

Category Description for Beast Academy Level 3:

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.

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 (A through D). Each part consists of two books: a Guide and a Practice Book, except for Level 1, which combines the Guide and Practice Book into an all-in-one resource for each part. 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. These chapters are further divided into sections (subtopics). For example, Chapter 1 of Grade 3A: Shapes contains sections labeled: Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Polyominoes. In our 3A Sample, parents will find activity sheets, notes, extensions, and games 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 specific 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 the 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 cover a few that the other doesn't. Saxon follows a spiral approach and integrates review, whereas this program is very topical and by design includes 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 handholding. 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 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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Jason Batterson & Shannon Roge
Softcover Book
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Art of Problem Solving
0.85 (lbs.)
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.31"
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Beast Academy is one of our favorite math curriculums in our family. It's fun, fast paced and engaging.
Angela B on Jun 9, 2021
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
Beast Academy is one of our favorite math curriculums in our family. It's fun, fast paced and engaging.
Angela B on Jun 9, 2021
we are doing level 2 and will finish shortly ;)
cathy r on Dec 4, 2020
We've been enjoying Beast Academy 3A
Frances S on Oct 30, 2020
A friend of our son's is joining us for math and we are in the midst of this series...needed an extra practice book.
David E on Sep 10, 2020
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 2020
Giving Beast Academy a try for the year.
Leanne H 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
Good for smart kids who need a challenge
Jessica R on Jan 11, 2020
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 liked 3A. Fun for math.
Brandy Y on May 28, 2019
great curriculum!
Cynthia A on Apr 8, 2019
My daughter loves it!
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
My son likes this set of math books.
Zhihong Z on Jul 26, 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
Lianne Z on Mar 16, 2018
My son loves Beast Academy!
Wendy L on Feb 9, 2018
Challenging math
Elizabeth H on Sep 28, 2017
My math loving daughter is really challenged by this series, but it her favorite math program. We supplement with some Mammoth Math.
Meghan M on Sep 27, 2017
For fun reviewing purposes with an older child who struggles with dyscalculia
Svava C on Sep 4, 2017
Great way for kids to learn math.<br />The AOPS system for math is very very interesting and challenging.<br />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
Previously bought 3A and 3B. Liked the exercises, so buying 3C and 3D
Ram S on May 19, 2017
Beast Academy is so great for kids who prefer to work independently, as my oldest does.
Sherri E on Jan 18, 2017
Friends recommended this as a great, non-traditional math curriculum for kids who like math and think outside the box.
Carissa S on Aug 22, 2016
Once we got through most of 3A, I realized that the book was manageable for math-challenged parents, provided that you spend the time working a bit on things with your child. Such a learning tool for the parent...oh, and the student gets a lot out of it, too!
Jayne K on Jun 30, 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
We love Beast Academy. It has allowed my son to go wider and deepen his conceptual understanding while having fun with math.
Noel D on Feb 19, 2016
We are just about done with level A, my son LOVES them and we are going to use the rest
Krista B on Jan 8, 2016
recommended by other homeschooling families
Dennis S on Oct 24, 2015
for a math club
Sheetal S on Oct 5, 2015
we are doing level 2 and will finish shortly ;)
cathy r on Dec 4, 2020
A friend of our son's is joining us for math and we are in the midst of this series...needed an extra practice book.
David E on Sep 10, 2020
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Love it. Have to go through it with my son because there are always unconventional ways to do math and they dont always tell you what to do every page. But its a great setup.
April 16, 2021
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