Beast Academy 4B Math Guide

Beast Academy 4B Math Guide

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ISBN: 9781934124529
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 4B includes chapters on counting, division, and logic.

The Guide book is written in an engaging comic book style, and the Practice book provides over 300 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.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
4
ISBN
9781934124529
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.95 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.31"
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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
Interested in these books for my gifted kid, who needs to be challenged.
Jacqueline M on Oct 30, 2018
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
school recommendation
smita j on Aug 24, 2019
Interested in these books for my gifted kid, who needs to be challenged.
Jacqueline M on Oct 30, 2018
The kids love reading their math book. They especially like getting to know the characters and recognized that the beasts grow older in each level.
User on Oct 18, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Holly B on Jun 26, 2018
We love Beast!
Eric F on Jun 2, 2018
My son has been begging for more math! Beast Academy seems to be a fun choice that will stretch his thinking skills.
Amanda L on Jun 2, 2018
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. We started with 3A and are still loving it!
Kirsten A on May 28, 2018
A homeschooling friend told me about this math program. It looks more challenging than what I've been using for my fourth grade son. I think Beast Academy will give him the challenge and higher level thinking skills he needs. Math is his strongest subject.
Suzanna M on Apr 22, 2018
Recommended by colleague who homeschools their kids
Devlin R on Mar 2, 2018
Same
Timothy S on Jan 19, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Elizabeth H on Nov 13, 2017
So much Rigor
Jim C on Nov 7, 2017
It's more challenging for my math-y kid.
Wendy C on Mar 6, 2017
Taking a break from Saxon. High quality, intense problems, creative math curriculum.
Anita F on Mar 3, 2017
My daughter has really enjoyed the other Beast Academy books we have read!
Cynthia M on Oct 1, 2015
school recommendation
smita j on Aug 24, 2019
The kids love reading their math book. They especially like getting to know the characters and recognized that the beasts grow older in each level.
User on Oct 18, 2018
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We love it!
We've found Beast Academy to be both challenging and enjoyable. The comic book format is fun enough that my 4th grader will sometimes "read ahead" in his math book. (And I've caught his younger brother reading it too.) Yet it still thoroughly teaches some pretty complex math concepts. It has truly changed for the better how my child views math. He has a deeper understanding and actually looks forward to math.
November 6, 2017
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