Beast Academy 2B Math Practice

Beast Academy 2B Math Practice

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Item #: 016945
ISBN: 9781934124338
Grades: 2-4

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Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 2B includes chapters on subtraction, expressions, 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 Level 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.

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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My daughter is enjoying these and excelling with this series!
Lauren M on Oct 24, 2022
to improve kids math solving skills
Junhui Z on Aug 19, 2022
My daughter is enjoying these and excelling with this series!
Lauren M on Oct 24, 2022
We love this series!!! I've used it over the years for multiple children.
Charlene B on Sep 12, 2022
to improve kids math solving skills
Junhui Z on Aug 19, 2022
My son just started Beast Academy online, so I was happy Rainbow Resource Center had this! Their own site said it would take 2-3 weeks to arrive, and I knew it would be faster shipping from you guys.
Mary C on Nov 16, 2021
2A has been a hit and kiddo requested the next in the series
Alexis L on Sep 29, 2020
a friend recommended this book
Gloria T on Aug 25, 2020
We love Beast Academy. I started using it with my older two in the 4th grade and continuing with my younger two now!
User on Jul 10, 2020
Core math ideas plus creative math thinking!
Debra G on Mar 19, 2020
Beast Academy teaches the way college math professors wish students would have learned math from the beginning. It's fun and challenging.
Rachel G on Mar 12, 2020
My daughter needed more challenging math.
Rachel A on Mar 13, 2019
My son is excited about the comic book format!
Christie M on Jan 25, 2019
For my daughter.
Leonid M on Jan 7, 2019
We're working on 2A right now
Sarah E on Nov 19, 2018
I have the 2A guide and practice set and was waiting on the other books in the same series.
homeowner on Sep 18, 2018
I really like the cognitive challenge of this program, and my son enjoys the format. It forces us both to think deeply about math and number patterns and relationships, I am really pleased with this program.
Kandra B on Sep 17, 2018
My son completed level 2a.
Melissa J on Sep 15, 2018
Challenging curriculum and fun presentation
Breanne S on Sep 9, 2018
This is an awesome curriculum for my gifted 6 year old. He loves the cartoons and then can actually be challenged by the problems in the workbook.
Nancy W on Aug 11, 2018
What is not to love....?
desiree f on Aug 3, 2018
teaches logically
PETER O on Jul 15, 2018
challenging and fun math curriculum
Jackie S on Jul 8, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Susan E on Apr 30, 2018
We tried out Beast Academy this year. I love it and so does one of my sons. (: My other son wouldn't love any math curriculum but he is asking to continue with this one if he HAS to do math. Beast Academy is strong in logic and problem solving skills. Don't be fooled by the comic book appearance, it is a rigorous math curriculum. But don't be intimidated by its outside-the-box thinking either, the back of the practice book is full of hints and thorough explanations for each question.
Andrea B on Mar 29, 2018
We've loved Beast Academy!
Julie S on Mar 14, 2018
We love this series!!! I've used it over the years for multiple children.
Charlene B on Sep 12, 2022
My son just started Beast Academy online, so I was happy Rainbow Resource Center had this! Their own site said it would take 2-3 weeks to arrive, and I knew it would be faster shipping from you guys.
Mary C on Nov 16, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
This material challenges students to really understand and not just memorize concepts.
March 17, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Can't say enough good things
I don't read the Guides, so I can't say about them, but I help with the practice problems, and I can't say enough good things about them. Gone through 2A and just finished 2B with my older students, and I love the variety of techniques it offers so they can find one that fits well with the way their brain works. I love the mix of problems, and the creative angles it takes. My kid who is no good at word problems is being pushed gently in an interesting way and making obvious improvements.
December 8, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun and challenging
We love Beast Academy at our house. It has been great for my kids to be challenged in their math in a fun way. My kids enjoy the puzzles. I was delighted when they started coming out with the level 2 books.
July 14, 2018
over 4 years ago

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