Beast Academy 2A Math Practice

Beast Academy 2A Math Practice

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Item #: 069162
ISBN: 9781934124314
Grades: 2-4

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Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 2A includes chapters on place value, comparing, and addition.

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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Want to try Beast Academy. the comic book lessons look different and interesting and not so repetitive as some programs.
Rachel G on Feb 18, 2023
Another child of mine uses Beast Academy online and loves it! I thought that my younger children might enjoy the print, easier levels.
Timothy H on Jun 20, 2022
Want to try Beast Academy. the comic book lessons look different and interesting and not so repetitive as some programs.
Rachel G on Feb 18, 2023
We love Beast Academy and need this book as part of our Beast Academy curriculum
Ada H on Sep 11, 2022
Another child of mine uses Beast Academy online and loves it! I thought that my younger children might enjoy the print, easier levels.
Timothy H on Jun 20, 2022
second child - want to see if she will enjoy it as a supplement
Melanie C on Aug 5, 2021
My daughter has been using Beast for a while now and loving it. I love that it shows lots of different ways to find the answer and encourages kids to really think about which is best for a given problem. She loves that the whole thing feels more like a puzzle than an assignment. Now it is time for her younger brother to start.
Theresa S on May 17, 2021
My son finished his Mammoth Math grade 1, so we thought we'd try something different through the end of the school year.
Jasmine L on Mar 11, 2021
I use the algebra book written by the same author with my older daughter. As a math lover, I appreciate the approach to mathematics as challenging and engaging.
Kerry P on Dec 5, 2020
Intrigued by the comic book formatting.
C J on Oct 2, 2020
As a supplement to the online program
Sarah S on Jul 16, 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
friend recommendation
Debby B on Jul 6, 2020
Beast Academy teaches the way college math professors wish students would have learned math from the beginning. It's also fun and challenging.
Rachel G on Mar 12, 2020
A friend recommended this math series
Sara C on Oct 4, 2019
I have used Beast Academy with an older child and he loved it. His younger brother wants to try it too.
Toni G on Aug 9, 2019
My oldest son loves Beast Academy! It's very engaging and seems just challenging enough to keep him interested without getting frustrated.
Jessica G on Aug 6, 2019
I'm looking for a math program that will help my son who already loves math learn how to problem solve instead of just memorizing math facts.
User on Jul 29, 2019
I have used Beast Academy with my older kids and find it phenomenal. I bought this to use with my 4th child.
Samantha M on Jun 26, 2019
my younger child is only 7 and excels at math and needs and loves the cartoon my 9 year old doesn't really like.
Katherine T on Mar 25, 2019
My daughter needed more challenging math.
Rachel A on Mar 13, 2019
6 year old daughter bored with her math program. I'm going to finish this year with the current program and give her ease her boredom. I plan to continue with only this next year if she enjoys it.
KATHERINE S on Mar 4, 2019
I picked Beast Academy because the format engages my six year old, and I hear that is moves at a faster pace. Since this is his first year with actual lessons, and he skipped Kindergarten math and already finished his 1st grade book, I thought the extra challenge will be good for him.
Sara T on Jan 17, 2019
I love the higher level thinking and challenging questions of Beast Academy.
D on Jan 13, 2019
My daughter used Beast Academy 2 and my son enjoys the guides. We will go through it slowly because he is younger
Frederick F on Jan 4, 2019
My oldest started with Beast Academy and I couldn't be more pleased! Now purchasing this for my youngest!
Patricia O on Dec 6, 2018
I've heard great things about Beast Academy Math from multiple families, so I'm going to give it a try with my youngest. I think he'll really enjoy it.
Julianne D on Nov 27, 2018
Very bright and independent students<br />Good challenge
gretchen k on Nov 25, 2018
The company that produces Beast Acadmey, Art of Problem Solving, has developed a rigorous, but very accessible curriculum, with lots of real life application.
Nancy C on Nov 9, 2018
my kids like comics and I'm hoping that these books will make them excited about math
Cristina S on Nov 4, 2018
We love the high level thinking from Beast Academy
bethany h on Oct 2, 2018
Beast Academy is used by the math team in our area.
Keesah H on Sep 24, 2018
looking for engaging math practice
Heather N on Sep 15, 2018
Challenging curriculum and fun presentation
Breanne S on Sep 9, 2018
it has all the things my daughter loves and she will not fuss about this math. <br />I also liked that it was advanced and challenging but still engaging
Luke D on Aug 31, 2018
Because Beast Academy is amazing!
Brittany M on Aug 27, 2018
We tried a friend's copy and my children love it. Some of the problems are challenging but it keeps them engaged.
Charity H on Aug 5, 2018
A math teacher suggested these to me as a rigorous program that will help keep my son on track in math.
Bethany G on Aug 5, 2018
I am hoping it will be an engaging math program for my son.
Renee T on Jul 31, 2018
my friend recommended this book
Sophia J on Jul 31, 2018
We liked the look of the comic/graphic text and wanted some challenging problems added into our math curriculum.
Julie K on Jul 26, 2018
My older child uses the set 3 and finds it really interesting. The younger one who will be going to first grade this september is already conversant with basic addition and subtraction and was showing a lot of interest on his brother's books. The boys love to read the guide and this is the best way to teach math !!!
Lakshmi K on Jul 19, 2018
kids actually look forward to math!
PETER O on Jul 15, 2018
highly recommended by others
Naomi G on Jul 8, 2018
recommendations by friends
Hao L on Jun 11, 2018
Several friends love these books, so I'm giving it a try.
Joe R on Jun 7, 2018
My eldest LOVES Beast academy and has completed all of 3 and 4. My 7 year old is ready to start! I am so thrilled that they developed 2!
Rochelle W on Jun 5, 2018
Great program
Mardi S on May 31, 2018
My k-1 son wants to start Beast Academy like his big sister!
Caroline G on May 18, 2018
My 8 yrs old loved challenged math and comics. She wants all beast academy books. we cant wait to purchase 2c and 2d as well.
Mehvish M on May 7, 2018
I read good reviews on Beast Academy and I thought I would give it a try as I have a very visual learner at home that loves to read.
User on Apr 27, 2018
provide more in-depth knowledge of math topics
Daniel T on Apr 27, 2018
We love Beast Academy and need this book as part of our Beast Academy curriculum
Ada H on Sep 11, 2022
second child - want to see if she will enjoy it as a supplement
Melanie C on Aug 5, 2021
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Rated 5 out of 5
Fun, thorough, curriculum emphasizing problem solving
This is the only math curriculum that works well for my gifted child. He started doing level 2 just before he turned 7. He likes doing the online version also.
September 17, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Learning Math and Having Fun!
With a comic book as a guide, Beast Academy is unconventional, but it makes learning (and teaching) math more enjoyable. All of my kids gather around to listen to the guide as I read it out loud. I also like the variety and uniqueness of problems in the practice book, along with the math games included in the series. Good-bye dull rote mathematics!
December 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
It's a little unclear how/which pages go with each chapter. One idea runs into the next without clear demarcation. However, it's well done.
October 14, 2017
over 5 years ago

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