# Beast Academy Level 5 Curriculum Package

# BSTAC5

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Grade Packages include all four Guides and all four Practice Books for each grade level.

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Category Description for Beast Academy Level 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 (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 www.beastacademy.com 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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My son has completed Beast Academy level 3 and is almost finished with level 4. It's the perfect time to order level 5!<br />He really enjoys the comics and characters, and the puzzles make learning math much more fun.
on Sep 1, 2022
My son enjoys the mental stimulating puzzle method of learning math.
on Jan 3, 2021
My son has completed Beast Academy level 3 and is almost finished with level 4. It's the perfect time to order level 5!<br />He really enjoys the comics and characters, and the puzzles make learning math much more fun.
on Sep 1, 2022
We've used Beast Academy for years with my son that loves math!
on May 27, 2021
We've used Beast Academy for years with my son that loves math!
on May 27, 2021
creative challenging math that encourages kids to think outside of traditional math.
on Nov 12, 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??
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
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
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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Rated 5 out of 5
We have loved Beast Academy. Great curriculum!
September 30, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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 4 years ago

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