Beast Academy Level 2 Curriculum Package

Beast Academy Level 2 Curriculum Package


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Item #: BSTAC2
Grades: 2-4

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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Challenging problems encourage much deeper thinking and strong number sense in a fun and accessible format.
Kayce S on May 25, 2023
For my 2nd grader.
Lauren E on Apr 24, 2023
Challenging problems encourage much deeper thinking and strong number sense in a fun and accessible format.
Kayce S on May 25, 2023
Preparation for next grade
SANGWOO H on May 16, 2023
For my 2nd grader.
Lauren E on Apr 24, 2023
I like the way these books stretch a child's problem solving capability and the way the concepts build on each other.
Katy K on Mar 21, 2023
For homeschooling
Julie H on Mar 15, 2023
Very creative and effective math curriculum! My son enjoys this a lot. I let him do by himself after an intense session on Singapore math. I am not sure Beast Academy is sufficient by itself but it is a lot of fun! I am using as an add-on.
Adrian C on Dec 22, 2022
This was recommended to us by an experienced home school family. Our 2nd grader found the lessons fun and engaging, unlike curriculum we have tried in the past.
Cheryl M on Sep 19, 2022
to improve kids math solving skills
Junhui Z on Aug 19, 2022
great stuff
Zhenqi H on Jul 9, 2022
for my kids.
Yunfeng H on Jul 9, 2022
My sister gave the other grade 3rd to 5th to us.
HARTINI L on May 17, 2022
Math that will excite and challenge my kids
Danielle W on Aug 14, 2020
Highly recommended by my friends and teacher colleagues
Erin S on Aug 3, 2020
My child is very good at doing math problems in his head. Once he learns something he does not want to do a lot of practice. He needed something that is going to challenge him and make him think. Read great reviews can't wait to use it.
Alysha M on Jun 23, 2020
My son will not even realize that he's doing math while reading these comics!
Carrie M on Jun 9, 2020
I've heard great things about this curriculum. I want the best opportunities to succeed for my children.
Mary Rose B on May 9, 2020
interested to try it for my son who loves reading, is ready for something a little more independent and has a good foundation in math skills so far.
Rebekah L on Apr 24, 2020
This is a very rigorous curriculum developed by the team at Art of Problem Solving. My kids love the comic book guidebooks that bring the math to life; I love that their critical thinking skills are getting a serious workout! They teach the traditional algorithms, but not until they've shown the "why" of a concept through mental math and breaking it down into parts.
Brandon Y on Feb 12, 2020
Recommended by a friend!
Jun X on Oct 13, 2019
The presentation of the material is superior and there is a lot of practice. My 10 year old is using the math 3 curriculum and is working through the material with enthusiasm. The problems range from easy-ish to difficult (or even very difficult) and reinforces the right ideas.
William A on Aug 21, 2019
Preparation for next grade
SANGWOO H on May 16, 2023
I like the way these books stretch a child's problem solving capability and the way the concepts build on each other.
Katy K on Mar 21, 2023
What happens if I order a beast academy curriculum and one of the guides is temporarily out of stock?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We will ship the in stock items and ship the backordered item when it comes in. If we expect it within 5 business days of your order date, we might hold you order for up to those five days so we can ship it complete.
which level should i purchase for my 8 yr old for Beast after finishing math u see beta? it seems like he's done all the concepts in beast academy 2
A shopper on Jul 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would start with level 2. The concepts may seem easy but Beast requires a different style and level of thinking than most traditional programs. Even if he moves quickly through level 2, he’ll have developed some new ways of thinking and manipulating numbers and be better prepared for level 3.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Highly recommend!
Love this curriculum. The kids think it's so fun. The lessons are in comic book form, very fun to read, and most of the problems are like math puzzles. I love that it's challenging, causes them to really think, but not too challenging for my math-struggler. Has hints in the back for their *star* problems (one or two extra challenging ones per lesson). Very glad we switched to this and plan on sticking with it.
April 6, 2023
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Much more than Beast, which my kids enjoy and love and I think the best elementary curriculum, I'd highly recommend Rainbow Resources for all your book needs. They have an excellent selection of books and great service. And most of all you will not be buying from a faceless corporation.
May 20, 2019
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