Beast Academy Grade 5 Curriculum Package

Beast Academy Grade 5 Curriculum Package

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Category Description for Beast Academy Grade 5:

5A practices 3-D solids, integers, expressions and equations. 5B covers statistics, factors & multiples and fractions. 5C will teach sequences, ratios & rates and decimals. 5D includes square roots and exponents. All four guides, practice books and a complete grade-level package are now available.




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
Grade
5
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Art of Problem Solving
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Challenging and entertaining math curriculum for kids.
pavitra on Sep 4, 2020
Great resource to teach math in different ways. Gets kids thinking, problem solving and analyzing numbers in fun, creative ways.
Kalise C on Aug 24, 2020
Challenging and entertaining math curriculum for kids.
pavitra on Sep 4, 2020
Keeps the kids very engaged. Kids learn a lot of new and effective problem solving techniques. The books take time in helping kids understand the basics in fun way. My kids always want to do beast academy. They are able to apply the techniques learnt in Beast Academy in solving Singapore Math as well.
SHARATH B on Aug 27, 2020
Great resource to teach math in different ways. Gets kids thinking, problem solving and analyzing numbers in fun, creative ways.
Kalise C on Aug 24, 2020
Challenging math curriculum for my 5th grader to complete with his online school buddies from around the country.
Sara D on Aug 17, 2020
My kids LOVE Beast Academy. They know the beasts by name and enjoy the humor as they learn. Beast Academy offers many new ways to think about math which my kids find challenging.
Shelley G on Aug 1, 2020
These books are a great resource for learning maths
Shakeel A on Jul 23, 2020
We have used the Beast Academy books for previous grades and love them for the way they teach maths - making it interesting with its comic like guide books and challenging problems in the practice books providing rigorous practice.
homeowner on Jun 19, 2020
This is the best math curriculum I have ever seen.
Crystal D on Apr 16, 2020
We have done Beast Academy Grade 3 and 4 and it is the first math curriculum my daughter likes so we are continuing now to Grade 5.
Carrie A on Dec 31, 2019
Supplement curriculum
Sena Y on Sep 17, 2019
I think it provides in-depth exercises for the fifth grade math.
BaoTran N on Jul 1, 2019
We've loved Beast Academy 4
Christine G on Jun 24, 2019
need it for my daughter
Svetlana O on Jun 21, 2019
need help to go forward with math skills
Lulu R on Jun 6, 2019
My son loves Beast Academy!
Coral L on Nov 16, 2018
We used Beast Academy 4 last year and my daughter loved it, so we are continuing on with it. My daughter is average, not gifted. She is going into 7th grade this year. Using this two years behind schedule is just right for her. She gets bored easily, and so the cartoon math guides and the wide array of problems that never repeat works well for her.
Melody C on Aug 8, 2018
Because it is in comic format and looks to be to grade standards.
Kelli B on Aug 7, 2018
We've used level 3 and level 4. The levels do not correspond to regular school grades. Beast Academy teaches math in a math-y way. Non-mathy kids would not love Beast Academy.
Wendy C on Apr 30, 2018
Recommended by future math teacher
Mark P on Mar 16, 2018
Beast Academy is an amazing curriculum for teaching Mathematics. It is so engaging that my son reads the books on his time off of school! Using Beast Academy he not only caught up on his math skills, but became advanced for his grade!
Heather H on Mar 5, 2018
seems to be the best math books i can find in US.
Fang C on Mar 1, 2018
Beast is fantastic! My son reads the entire set as soon as we get it. And everyone is amazed at his math skills!
Michelle Y on Feb 18, 2018
We have loved Beast Academy 3 and 4!
Haley A on Jan 21, 2018
Beast Academy gives my ds challenge like nothing else, with a fun presentation that he loves. As we complete a level in Singapore Primary Math, he begs for the next level of Beast before moving on. Develops deep thinking skills and extremely engaging!
Katherine G on Sep 28, 2017
We have used levels 3 and 4 and loved them. Looking forward to level 5.
Peter W on Sep 6, 2017
Beast Academy is the best curriculum for elementary school math. Much better than alternatives (Singapore, MEP etc.)
Venkat S on Aug 27, 2017
We've used and loved BA3 & 4 already, and my oldest can't wait to move on to level 5. Beast Academy has met his desire for "hard math."
Shereen V on Aug 9, 2017
Keeps the kids very engaged. Kids learn a lot of new and effective problem solving techniques. The books take time in helping kids understand the basics in fun way. My kids always want to do beast academy. They are able to apply the techniques learnt in Beast Academy in solving Singapore Math as well.
SHARATH B on Aug 27, 2020
Challenging math curriculum for my 5th grader to complete with his online school buddies from around the country.
Sara D on Aug 17, 2020
Can Beast Academy be used as a complete math curriculum? I see references to it being used as a supplement to other math curriculum such as Singapore or Saxon. I was hoping to use it as our only math this year. Would this be advisable??
User on Sep 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we consider Beast Academy to be a complete math curriculum although many people do use it as a supplement to other curriculum.
Does this come with a teacher/answer book?
A shopper on Aug 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There is no teacher book. The Guide book is like a story book that explains Math Concepts to children in a simple language. Children who love monsters and similar fictitious characters will enjoy reading the Guide book. The Practice book has plenty of challenging questions with answers. Often, children who attempt to solve the questions in the practice book will have to consult other resources to supplement their knowledge.
Is Beast Academy a secular curriculum?
A shopper on Aug 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, absolutely secular. We are Christians though, and have really enjoyed it. There is nothing that would be objectionable from a Christian standpoint in my opinion.
Is this appropriate for an independent learner? She did Saxon 4/5 on her own
Teri roy on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine have done Beast Academy independently. My oldest finished level 3 and is almost done with level 4. My youngest is in level 3 now. I check their work and help when they get stuck but they work through the guide and practice on their own. The answer key walks you through the steps to the solution which is great.
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I know I will rate it Five out of Five once I receive it, and it is not the fault of Rainbow Resources but it has been held up in the PA Post Office for 3 weeks now! UGH!!!

Just posting this for others considering and wanting to get it quickly may need a different shipping option.
September 8, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Engaging, Interesting and In Depth
My kid is strong in math, but this provided a wonderful challenge for her. We did Grade 5 when she was in 6th grade, and it worked well. My kid enjoys the 'comics' and likes the story. Definitely provides a much deeper understanding of math topics that are often rushed through at school. And, also good practice in applying the math knowledge she has picked up along the way. Highly recommend!
March 24, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Beast Academy--Challenging but worth the work
This curriculum is HARD. My very bright 6th grader is doing their 5th grade level. (we did do the placement test on their website, and I recommend that you do too) But the stuff he's learning is sticking in his brain. He's a very distractible kid and unless he has something engaging, he forgets everything he learns. Beast Academy gives him enough of a challenge that his brain has to kick in, leading to better retention.
August 24, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Perfect (for the right child)
Most of my daughters are readers, and don't excel at math. For them, I get good solid math books with clear explanations and lots of practice. But I have one daughter who doesn't like to read, and who gets bored after three similar math problems. Beast Academy is perfect for a child like that. This book is fun to read, and there is nothing boring about the problem sets! I am using level 5 for my daughter in 7th grade. She is not gifted (which is who these books are written for). She is perfectly average. So two levels "behind schedule" is a good fit for her. She still needs to work pretty hard at it. But all complaints of boredom are quite gone this year in math.
September 13, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago


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