Beast Academy
Featured , Math / May 28, 2015

Beast Academy Content: Math Grade(s): 2nd – 5th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Solutions Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 100+ each Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: Common Core Aligned: Yes Updated Review: May 26, 2015 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Let every math-loving family delight! The mathematicians behind the Art of Problem Solving are in the process of developing an elementary math curriculum. And, boy, are they on to something good! First, Beast Academy is primarily taught through a bright, colorful, comic-book style Guide Book. And being a comic book about math, it’s full of smarty-pants type humor. Even though you’ll be giggling, the math is no laughing matter. You get thoughtful dialogue that really delivers age-appropriate instruction in advanced math topics. Topics Covered 3A Shapes Skip Counting Perimeter & Area 3B Multiplication Perfect Squares Distributive Property 3C Variables Division Measurement 3D Fractions Estimation Area 4A Shapes Multiplication Exponents 4B Counting Division Logic 4C Factors Fractions Integers 4D Fractions Decimals Probability On the surface, the topics look like a typical elementary math progression using a mastery approach, but don’t be fooled. The Practice workbooks are full of thoughtful and well developed problems and puzzles that…