Beast Academy Grade 3 Curriculum Package

Beast Academy Grade 3 Curriculum Package

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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. According to this site, grade four will be completed in 2015 followed by grade 5, then grade 2. 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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Mathematics
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3
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Art of Problem Solving
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Beast Academy isn't just solving arithmetic problems. It teaches students to be creative problem solvers, that good problems don't have obvious answers.
Karen S on Sep 13, 2020
I want to get my son interested in math and I heard its a great program.
Jehana K on Jul 22, 2020
Beast Academy isn't just solving arithmetic problems. It teaches students to be creative problem solvers, that good problems don't have obvious answers.
Karen S on Sep 13, 2020
We use Beast Academy in the summer- and do Saxon math in the school year. I like the two approaches.
Tori S on Aug 13, 2020
I want to get my son interested in math and I heard its a great program.
Jehana K on Jul 22, 2020
We are just finishing up Beast Academy Grade 2 and it has been so fun. We are looking forward to getting the new books!
Rachel P on May 30, 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
Love the free shipping!
Amber P on Sep 30, 2019
Great illustrations and story/comic book format to stir an interest in math subjects
Kerilee B on Aug 15, 2019
It has good reviews.
Phillip C on Aug 5, 2019
Did a lot of research online and these seem to be a great resource for my child! And the best price available!
Dong L on May 7, 2019
great book for learning math
Xiaodong L on Mar 16, 2019
recommendation from friends
Bobin C on Dec 4, 2018
Comic book style text for my child who loves to read comics. I think it will make learning more fun.
User on Aug 3, 2018
Friend recommended it.
Madeline L on Jun 2, 2018
It was recommended by a friend. My child looked at it and wanted to try it.
Lara S on Mar 23, 2018
A friend's recommendation.
Robert M on Mar 19, 2018
My son is in 2nd grade and he is ready to learn 3rd grade level Math.
homeowner on Feb 1, 2018
Friends suggested that they are good.
Lakshmi K on Nov 30, 2017
Based on many hours of research and many positive reviews, I decided to give it a try.
John H on Nov 25, 2017
hoping to help my kids find enjoyable ways to learn math that stick with them
Lara F on Nov 20, 2017
Interested in a math curriculum that will go deeper and challenge my child (doing work that is above level in math)
Jeanette B on Oct 30, 2017
I read about the rave reviews and wanted to try out a new way to present materials to kids which is here in a comic format and I am intrigue with the content itself which I heard build kids critical thinking too.
Lucy L on Oct 20, 2017
To make math fun for my son again.
Heather B on Aug 27, 2017
I chose this after doing extensive research on which math to use after Singapore. Since I've decided to go with Art of Problem Solving, I wanted the kids to get accustomed to this style of math instruction. Will use Beast Academy as a supplement through Singapore 5 and then go straight into AoPS.
Judy S on Apr 24, 2017
Recommended by homeschool mom.
ORN T on Mar 4, 2017
recommended by friends
Sunny on Nov 15, 2016
We're trying this math program for a younger child that has not thrived with programs used by older siblings. We have great hopes for it!
Jessica S on Nov 4, 2016
This is the only elementary math books I have found with higher bars. <br />I haven't read the book yet, but I hope it is challenging.
Liu W on Sep 26, 2016
Recommended on WTM accelerated forum. Prequel to AOP math.
Michelle Y on Aug 25, 2016
It was recommended as a great math curriculum.
Jennie A on Aug 21, 2016
looking for extra help for math and read great reviews for this series of books
Peter L on Jul 25, 2016
I did a ton of research on math curriculums, and a friend told me about this. I found another friend closer who uses these and she showed me her books, and they look incredible. I cannot wait to use them with my daughters!
Julie S on Jun 20, 2016
Have been looking at this for a while, and my ds so wanted to read the next page when I showed him the samples online, and he was very disappointed when there were no more sample pages to see!
Mrs L on May 18, 2016
I saw it on the Gifted Homeschoolers Facebook page
DeLora G on Apr 20, 2016
Read great things about it on well-trained mind forums. My 2nd grade son is an artist and I thought he'd enjoy this math.
Micah and Lucas M on Mar 15, 2016
Wanting something challenging for my 2nd grader to work on
Anita L on Dec 9, 2015
For better math.
Grace C on Dec 6, 2015
My eight year old son is bored with traditional math.
Audria S on Dec 3, 2015
Because my son is bored with most math curriculum and parents have HIGHLY recommended this curriculum.
Mehvish M on Nov 22, 2015
I was looking for a Math program that was engaging are heard really great reviews about Beast Academy.
Sherryl J on Oct 27, 2015
We use Beast Academy in the summer- and do Saxon math in the school year. I like the two approaches.
Tori S on Aug 13, 2020
We are just finishing up Beast Academy Grade 2 and it has been so fun. We are looking forward to getting the new books!
Rachel P on May 30, 2020
is there online access?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Not with the workbooks/guide purchase. If you go to their site, you can sign up for online access separately.
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I love this program! It is super fun and challenging. The books really keep the kids engaged while teaching complicated math concepts.
June 30, 2020
Purchased
3 months ago
Engaging, interesting, and challenging
It's engaging, interesting, and challenging. My kids don't complain about math now.
May 17, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Good books.
April 16, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Fantastic curriculum
This program has been wonderful for giving my math loving son a challenge. He is learning so much more than just calculating. I can't wait to see the other levels as he continues to progress!
April 30, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Amazing program
My son (9) and daughter (7) beg me daily to read these books with them. They have fun doing the workbook and are using the skills learned and applying it thoughout the house. It's both approchable and challenging enough. I highly recommend Beast Academy
October 21, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Visual-Spatial fun
We use Singapore Math and my son wrapped up Year 3 faster than I expected. Instead of moving on, I knew I wanted to try out Beast Academy as a supplement and summer program.

I casually gave him the 3A guide and he instantly loved it. He read through the entire guide in one sitting! As for the practice, it really helped solidify some concepts and also expanded on some ideas, like regular polygons.

Is it more challenging that SM? I honestly think some of the word problems in SM are harder when you look at the Challenging Word Problems workbook or some of the "Think Outside the Box" sections in Visible Thinking in Mathematics. I do think that Beast Academy gets kids to play with numbers more and has greater variety of some of the visual-spatial problems.

Beast Academy is missing charts and graphs and doesn't go quite as far with multiplication/division or addressing place value and 4-digit addition when compared to SM. But it does have interesting sections on Perfect Squares and the Distributive Property, which is extremely helpful for helping them understand multi-digit multiplication. They get a preview of variables too. While SM does not explicitly introduce variables, a lot of their word problems are complex enough that introducing variables can be very helpful for keeping track of the bar diagrams, etc.

I think the programs complement each other well and I plan to continue using both.

As a former HS geometry teacher, I wish some of my former students had used Beast Academy! ;-)
May 25, 2016
My son loved it.
My son was very good in math. I used different curriculum and he started hating math. Now I have got Beast Academy and he seems to love it.
December 24, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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