Beast Academy 4B Math Practice

Beast Academy 4B Math Practice

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ISBN: 9781934124536
Grades: 4

Publisher Description:

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 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
9781934124536
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.8 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.38"
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We love Beast Academy - 3rd kid to use it!
Amanda A on Aug 4, 2021
We love Beast Academy! Great curriculum to inspire your little math beast to really think about what they are doing and why. The curriculum explores math instead of just teaching kids to memorize things. When they understand what is happening they can think about the same problem in multiple ways.
Jennifer K on Jan 22, 2021
We love Beast Academy - 3rd kid to use it!
Amanda A on Aug 4, 2021
We love beast academy. It is not a tradition US way of doing math and is more "thinking" math than repetition math. For my math loving son this is such a great fit!
cathy r on Jun 7, 2021
We love Beast Academy! Great curriculum to inspire your little math beast to really think about what they are doing and why. The curriculum explores math instead of just teaching kids to memorize things. When they understand what is happening they can think about the same problem in multiple ways.
Jennifer K on Jan 22, 2021
Looking forward to trying out this challenging math program with my math minded kids!
Jessica B on Sep 21, 2020
Beast Academy books are a great resource for learning maths
Shakeel A on Jul 23, 2020
Best book for 4th graders
Shaji M on Jan 1, 2020
school recommendation
smita j on Aug 24, 2019
Good practice for the material taught in the guides.
Toni G on Aug 9, 2019
I like the way Beast Academy introduces math and makes you really think about how numbers work and how numbers work together
Jesse H on Jul 11, 2019
it has an interesting approach and is challenging
Daniela D on Apr 22, 2019
Interested in these books for my gifted kid, who needs to be challenged.
Jacqueline M on Oct 30, 2018
We love the challenging problems in Beast Academy!
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
Someone recommend
Bo K on May 23, 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
daily math practice
Catherine L on Mar 27, 2018
Recommended by colleague who homeschools their kids
Devlin R on Mar 2, 2018
We enjoyed Beast Academy 3
Timothy S on Jan 19, 2018
We love Beast Academy
Elizabeth H on Nov 13, 2017
Rigor
Jim C on Nov 7, 2017
My son loves the Beast Academy. Great fun while problem-solving!
Lisa J on Oct 25, 2017
Love the curriculum. Well thought out. Great for kids who love math and puzzles
Kengboon L on Sep 15, 2017
It's more challenging for my math-y kid.
Wendy C on Mar 6, 2017
This is such a great Math Curriculum, it really helps kids think outside the box and use the skills they are learning to solve problems and find creative solutions!
Marisa B on Dec 28, 2016
My boys love Beast Academy. Even the 12yo will come and listen to the Guide when I read it to the younger kids.
Zach on Nov 10, 2016
We have really loved Beast Academy. We use it with Singapore Math. My son says, that he learns math with Singapore (we are one grade higher in Singapore than in Beast Academy), but BA makes you think about it more and really work hard to understand it.
Meliah L on Jul 29, 2016
Fun fun fun!
Amy W on Jun 29, 2016
"Excellent product for classical education"
Ecaterina C on Feb 18, 2016
My daughter loved the 4A books
Kristin F on Oct 30, 2015
We love beast academy. It is not a tradition US way of doing math and is more "thinking" math than repetition math. For my math loving son this is such a great fit!
cathy r on Jun 7, 2021
Looking forward to trying out this challenging math program with my math minded kids!
Jessica B on Sep 21, 2020
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Must have
Solidify the teachings in the guide, and offers fun practical questions.
June 20, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
My 4th grader went from hating to loving math with Beast Academy. One specific positive with the workbook is that it's not just a straight page of regurgitating formulas that were "learned" in the lesson. There are fewer problems, but they're more complex, pulling in previously learned concepts. This really helped my son to stay engaged and to actually understand what he's learned.
November 6, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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