Beast Academy Grade 4 Curriculum Package

Beast Academy Grade 4 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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Boys love to learn with a comic. Content is more challenging as well.
Tabatha D on Jul 23, 2020
Beast Academy is a great program for independent learners who like a challenge. It's perfect for gifted learners and math lovers.
Jessica R on May 30, 2020
Boys love to learn with a comic. Content is more challenging as well.
Tabatha D on Jul 23, 2020
Beast academy books provide excellent training in mathematical skills for children!
HARISH V on Jun 6, 2020
Beast Academy is a great program for independent learners who like a challenge. It's perfect for gifted learners and math lovers.
Jessica R on May 30, 2020
This is the best math curriculum I have ever seen.
Crystal D on Apr 16, 2020
For my kid to learn something during school closing
Miao Y on Mar 21, 2020
My daughter had fun with the grade 3 curriculum. Adding fun to math is critical at my house. While she is entering 7th grade and this is advertised for a younger student, I know she (and I) will learn through these playful and challenging lessons.
Jessica D on Aug 30, 2019
I read an excellent article about homeschool math curriculums and based on that article I chose this program for my son. I am going down a grade level to make sure he has a solid foundation before we move on.
Ashley C on Aug 23, 2019
Liked the Grade 2 and 3 packages and so expect the same from Grade 4.
homeowner on Jun 14, 2019
Best price on the Beast Academy Math Curriculum packages. We will be back to buy other grades in the future. Thank you.
Daniel M B on Mar 3, 2019
These are really fun math books. My son enjoy reading them.
Xiaohui K on Jan 5, 2019
fun and math? I need that!
Melissa N on Oct 13, 2018
We have ordered beast academy for grade 3 and 2 before.
Lizhi H on Oct 8, 2018
This curriculum was recommended to me for my daughter by my older son's math teacher. This math teacher is teaching math through calculus. He feels this is an excellent curriculum for younger students.
Anne W on Aug 29, 2018
With many of the math programs we've used, my son has struggled with retention. He'd breeze through an easy lesson, and two weeks later have forgotten everything he learned. So, I wanted something that would challenge him to the point that he was actually engaged in learning. Not coasting through lesson after lesson.<br />Beast Academy has done this. The lessons are engaging and challenging without being onerous. The explanations make sense and my son likes the comic book style instruction guide too.
User on Jul 18, 2018
We used it for 3rd grade and loved it.
Heather B on Jun 26, 2018
Recommended by a friend for my child who covered some of this material last year but needs some review.
Jennifer G on Jun 18, 2018
Self motivated child who loves math. Excellent reviews and recommendations!
Nicole G on Jun 7, 2018
I chose this, because my son requires an advanced mathematics curriculum and this option is not only advanced, but will also make learning math more fun for him.
Stephanie R on Jun 5, 2018
my daughter shows interest in solving math problems
lakshmi m on May 31, 2018
We used it for 3rd grade and loved it. Very challenging!
Ashley C on Apr 11, 2018
Heard it is good
Juju R on Apr 5, 2018
Excel Student
Daniel C on Jan 15, 2018
My daughter is using this set of books
FLORA C on Jan 2, 2018
hoping to help my kids find enjoyable ways to learn math that stick with them
Lara F on Nov 20, 2017
My son's friend LOVE Beast Academy so we must try it too.
josee B on Oct 22, 2017
We love this curriculum. It is engaging with a broad set of problem solving skills. There are just enough practice problems to be interesting but not boring. I love the problem-solving tricks my students pick up along the way, simply because they are integrated into the progression of problems.
Georgina A on Aug 25, 2017
Grade 3 has been fantastic so we are continuing on!
Erica H on Aug 18, 2017
My daughter is repeating fifth grade and I was looking for a new math program for her so she wouldn't just have to redo the same book she had just finished. Beast Academy is so fun but very advanced. I bought level 5 thinking it would be a review of what she had already done but in a new fun way, instead I am exchanging it for level 4, there is no way she could be successful with the level 5 program. Make sure you have your child take the placement test before you purchase!
Christi H on Aug 14, 2017
We used Beast Academy 3 and LOVED it!!! It was a little advanced, so my daughter often needed help, but it was fun to play these math games together. She loved the comics and read them on her own.
Julie S on Jun 28, 2017
We used it last year and my son really liked it. It's challenging and moves quickly. It's definitely for the kid who thinks in math and not for the reluctant math student. Having said that, it shows you really cool things to do with math.
Krista B on Jun 25, 2017
received same book for grade 5 which is really good.
Jie L on Jun 13, 2017
Needed something more fun rather than the mundane workbooks. This appealed to my 7 and 9 year old who like comic books.
User on May 5, 2017
My son struggles with math and I was concerned about him getting further behind as he ages. Beast Academy works on basic concepts while also including higher concepts (intro to algebra/geometry). He loves the story-like presentation in graphic novel form. And really enjoys the 'brain teaser' style of problem delivery, more puzzle like and thinking it through than simple rote. It can be a little hard to follow for the parent, we've found ways around it. Favorite math curriculum for this kid.
shozo u on Apr 18, 2017
make my kids interest to math.
Hyung C on Feb 10, 2017
Beast Academy does such a great job of going deep into the curriculum. My child KNOWS the information he has learned using Beast Academy.
Elizabeth S on Jan 31, 2017
the tutorial really helps my kid to understand some concept. Overall, it is a textbook needs parents involvement.
rebecca w on Jan 4, 2017
This is the best math curriculum I've yet to see. For math-inclined children it is fun and challenging. I often find myself having to hold back from grabbing my son's pencil and doing the puzzles myself.
User on Oct 31, 2016
I purchased 3A,B,C,D and loved it. Now going ahead with this math curriculum.
Mehvish M on Oct 21, 2016
for kids self learn math
QI Z on Sep 12, 2016
My kids finished BEAST Academy level 3
Van W on Aug 3, 2016
have seen great reviews for these books!
Peter L on Jul 25, 2016
Love beast academy
Kimberly H on Jul 5, 2016
Great math program for my math gifted son.
Jennifer T on Jun 28, 2016
We tried Beast Academy Level 3 and loved it for my 9-year-old so we are moving onto Level 4. Be aware that these are ahead of grade level and very challenging, which is why we loved them, but make sure you have your child take the pretests and don't be afraid to go down a level like we did. My son has enjoyed the challenge so much he'll make up the lost ground in no time.
Emily J on Jun 21, 2016
My son has loved the challenge of BA3 and can't wait to start level 4. I love how deeply it makes him think--some of the problems are challenging even for me, and I've learned some interesting new tricks.
Shereen V on Jun 8, 2016
My son is really enjoying Beast Academy since we switched to that a few months ago. He is excited to move on to the next level!
Mary B on Apr 21, 2016
better math skills for kid
Guozhi S on Apr 3, 2016
a friends recommendation
Rachael H on Mar 17, 2016
Beast Academy works great for my kid.
Kate G on Jan 19, 2016
for better math.
Grace C on Dec 6, 2015
Beast academy books provide excellent training in mathematical skills for children!
HARISH V on Jun 6, 2020
This is the best math curriculum I have ever seen.
Crystal D on Apr 16, 2020
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very useful, and it is easy and fun for kids,
November 20, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago
Beast academy 4 bundle
My kids love the guide book and working on the statement problems. Love the site for its prompt shipping
September 27, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
These books have been great at getting my daughter to really think about math in a different way, and she likes them a lot too. They present interesting ideas and good problems to solve.
June 1, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
This is a great book! My daughter loves it!
January 14, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Outstanding!
We love Beast Academy. It is fun as well as challenging. The graphic novel style text book makes reading fun for kids. My daughter has used this curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades. I will definitely use this for 5th grade as well.
November 17, 2018
Definitely advanced
There are some lessons in here that I think are really advanced for 4th graders (like exponents) and some that aren't necessary (like binary code).

Otherwise, my kids like the stories and comic book style. The practice books include reminders of the lessons as well. So if your children prefer to work independently they could essentially do so between the guide book and practice book.
January 19, 2018
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great curriculum
My daughter is really enjoying Beast Academy. It's fun and we'll structured.
November 13, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Absolutely AMAZING!!!!
My 6 year old (strong reader) can't get enough of them. He wakes up early just to read them over and over again and even loves doing the practice!!!!!
I would recommend these books for sure!!!
April 21, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago


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