Beast Academy 4D Math Practice

Beast Academy 4D Math Practice

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ISBN: 9781934124574
Grades: 4

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Beast Academy Guide 4D and its companion Practice 4D are the fourth part in the four-part series for 4th grade mathematics. Level 4D includes chapters on fractions, decimals, and probability.

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.


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Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
4
ISBN
9781934124574
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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A math curriculum full of fun!
Jianzhong L on Jul 28, 2021
Quality and good reviews
PARTHA M on Jun 13, 2021
A math curriculum full of fun!
Jianzhong L on Jul 28, 2021
Love this math program. Thorough and rigorous.
Olga J on Jun 22, 2021
Quality and good reviews
PARTHA M on Jun 13, 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
Continuing with program! Beast is the BEST!
ROSANNA G on Mar 16, 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
higher math in an engaging format
Erfe P on Sep 8, 2020
Beast Academy books are a great resource for learning maths
Shakeel A on Jul 23, 2020
My son is using Beast Academy. We are both learning alot!
Jesse H on May 4, 2020
next book in series
Shannon D on Jan 9, 2020
We love Beast Academy- this is an amazing, challenging curriculum for strong math students.
Rochelle W on Aug 3, 2019
We have ordered the books by quarters this year because it was so out there in approach I didn't want to buy it all at once. But I'm glad I tried it because it fit my daughter's brain beautifully.
Christine G on Jun 24, 2019
Love these books they teach so many creative and easier ways to do math!
Holly B on Jan 23, 2019
It's the next one in line.
Christina M on Oct 8, 2018
daily math practice
Catherine L on Mar 27, 2018
I heard the good comments about these series. My kid also read the samples from the books and like the way math concepts have been illustrated .
Liping Z on Mar 8, 2018
Math supplement for use during summer for public school student while on summer vacation.
User on Feb 18, 2018
My son LOVES this program and I love how the math is taught!
Alesia B on Jul 3, 2017
We have done 3A-4A and loved it so far!
Mary G on Jul 2, 2017
It is a fun challenging option
Amy W on Jan 12, 2017
Great math series for thinking critically and learning topics deeply
Ruby P on Aug 17, 2016
Great program - just need the next book for my youngest son.
Karen B on May 3, 2016
We've used the other levels of this curriculum and really love it. Great for practicing math concepts in different contexts and problem solving!
Meredith F on Mar 31, 2016
My kids love this
Mary H on Mar 29, 2016
An excellent math program for gifted children. Possibly the best.
Julie F on Mar 25, 2016
My oldest is using this curriculum in 4th grade and it is stretching her math brain. The way questions are asked requires children to think differently about numbers and the relationships between them.
Carolyn B on Mar 22, 2016
"Excellent product for classical education"
Ecaterina C on Feb 18, 2016
Amazing math curriculum! Well-illustrated, colourful artwork, appealing to a younger learner. In-depth math concepts and interesting practice problems.
Arwen L on Jan 8, 2016
Love this math program. Thorough and rigorous.
Olga J on Jun 22, 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
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