Beast Academy Syllabus

Enjoy this syllabus for Beast Academy Math classes! I’m putting together my first level right now with weekly reading suggestions, practice book pages matched up with guide pages, Flash cards, and matching videos and worksheets from around the web.  All free after you purchase the books from www.BeastAcademy.com.

Happy scrolling, 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

There’s no other curriculum quite like Beast Academy elementary math. The Beast Academy book series is a full math curriculum for grades 2-5. Beautifully illustrated Guides offer engaging math instruction, while Practice books include hundreds of problems and puzzles that reinforce the concepts learned in the Guides. Come learn how to teach gifted math to your gifted or advanced math student. Parents are invited to sit in the classroom while the kids receive instruction and play games with a mathematics curriculum that dives deep. The kids will thoroughly enjoy having math friends to play games with and to discuss problem solving concepts together as a gang! Moms will get encouragement for ways to guide a quick learning math student through the early years to yield a strong grasp on the foundations.

PLACEMENT TESTS:

Parents do a placement test on Beast Academy website. Students in a range of grades will be ready for any one Beast level.

PARENTS PLAN ENTIRE MATH PATH:

I’ve created this visual to show how you could do this. A path is a plan that is meant to change over time.

Math Path

SUGGESTED MATERIALS:

  • BEAST ACADEMY Guides (A-D) and Practice Books (A-D). (8 total per year)
  • 12”x12” (or so) white board
  • White board markers, eraser
  • Notebook of grid paper (spiral bound)
  • Pencils, calculator
  • 1” binder

SUPPLEMENTARY WEBSITES:

  • Math Antics – This is, IMO, the BEST place to find videos to show any elementary topic in a fun way to your child.

Math Antics

  • Khan Academy – Most people have heard of Khan. It’s very thorough! More thorough than Math Antics, but not as fun and colorful. Definitely a great choice to explain content.

Khan Academy

  • Prodigy Game – This game is a colorful, fun game that my kids say is a cross between Pokemon, Zelda, and Khan Academy. Mom can select what standards she wants to see her child learning. Then Prodigy tests the child out of skills they know and reveals what they don’t know. It doesn’t have videos explaining content. You have to go to Math Antics or Khan for that. Then send them back into Prodigy to “play” through the content you just revisited with them by assigning quizes. I have a post explaining more on Prodigy HERE.

Prodigy Math Game

SCHEDULE:

Plan a weekly meetup that will go as follows:

    1. Assign Monsters, Read Aloud one section like Reader’s Theater. Funny voices are a MUST!
    2. White board lesson on weekly topic. Simple handout or workbook page in class.
    3. Assign a prodigy buddy for the week and homework.
    4. Games. Addition / Subtraction / Multiplication Facts Around the World each week.

Beast Academy Class – Table of Contents

WEEK 1 (Guide 12-17, Practice 7-9)

  1. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s.
  2. Vocabulary Flash Cards.
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters
  4. Activity – Toothpick activity to show different angles.
  5. Prodigy – Began working on 3rd Grade Geometry standards.

WEEK 2 (Guide 18-33, Practice 10-24)

  1. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s.
  2. Vocabulary Flash Cards.  
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters
  4. Activity – Don’t make a triangle game from Beast’s website.
  5. Handed out worksheets to work on geometry skills and vocabulary at home. (From Math-Aids)
    1.   2. quadrilateral review 3. 4. 
  6. Prodigy – Assigned 4th Grade Geometry Standards.

WEEK 3 (Guide 34-41, Practice 25-37)

  1. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s.
  2. Vocabulary Review
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters
  4. Activity – Played with Polyonimos.
  5. I’ll give prizes to any student who can create the doors with tetronimos on page 41 next week.
  6. Prodigy – Students finished their placement tests.

WEEK 4 (Guide 42-55, Practice 38-58)

  1. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s.
  2. Vocabulary Review
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters
  4. Activity – Look at and discuss some 100’s charts.
  5. Challenged the kids to create the doors with tetronimos on page 41 in the 3A Guide.
  6. Prizes to anyone who can skip count for me. Pick any number 3’s – 15’s. I’ll be more impressed the higher you can go! Sing them through 15 counts so if you do 3’s do 3×1 – 3×15.
  7. Prizes for anyone who showed me they did the worksheets from last week.
  8. Prodigy – Assigned Multiplication Standards to go along with this week’s Beast work.
    1. Prizes to the top three students on my dashboard’s “Top Correct Answers List”. 
  9. Videos for Multiplication Properties
    1. All of the properties.
    2. Distributive Property
    3.  Commutative Property<
    4. Associative Property<
    5. Zero Property<
    6. Identity Property<

WEEK 5 (Guide 56-65, Practice 59-63)

  1. Prizes for anyone who wants to build me a door. 5 minutes or less.
  2. Prizes to anyone who can skip count for me. Pick any number 3’s – 15’s. I’ll be more impressed the higher you can go! Sing them through 15 counts so if you do 3’s do 3×1 – 3×15.
  3. Prizes for anyone who showed me they did the worksheets from last week.
  4. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s. Around the world one time.
  5. Vocabulary Review. Around the world one time.
  6. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  7. Play 100’s Game – Roll Dice, Skip count 9 times that number. First to 100 wins. Have to land on it directly or skip turn if over-shoot. Play in teams of two with 100’s charts.
  8. Activity – Do the worksheets in class.
  9. Prodigy – Assigned Multiplication Standards to go along with this week’s Beast work.
    1. Prizes to the top three students on my dashboard’s “Top Correct Answers List”.
      1. Matt C – 234, Scout – 173, and Colter – 97! Great Job!!

WEEK 6 (Guide 66-86, Practice 65-82)

  1. Prizes to anyone who can skip count for me. Pick any number 3’s – 15’s. I’ll be more impressed the higher you can go! Sing them through 15 counts so if you do 3’s do 3×1 – 3×15.
  2. Prizes for anyone who showed me they did the worksheets from last week.
  3. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s. Around the world one time.
  4. Vocabulary Review. Around the world one time.  
  5. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  6. Play 100’s Game – Roll Dice, Skip count 9 times that number. First to 100 wins. Have to land on it directly or skip turn if over-shoot. Play in teams of two with 100’s charts.  Great for number sense and seeing patterns.
  7. Congrats to Scout, Colter, and Havi for doing great in Prodigy last week! Keep up the good work!
      1. 173, and Colter – 97! Great Job!!

WEEK 7 (Guide 87-99, Practice 83 – End of A)

  1. We’ll be in our 3B books next week!
  2. Addition Facts Quizlet through 10’s. Around the world one time.
  3. Vocabulary Review. Tried to beat the Algebra student around the world one time.  I’ll bring in something for the kids for next week to make their own cards.
  4. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  5. Play with 100’s chart a little at the end of class.
  6. Congrats to Scout, Colter, and Caiden for doing great in Prodigy last week! Keep up the good work!
  7. Videos to watch at home this week on area and perimeter!  

WEEK 8 (Guide B pg 12-25, Practice B pg 7-15)

  1. Starting our 3B books!
  2. Vocabulary Review. Tried to beat the Algebra students around the world one time. 
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  4. Play with 100’s multiplication tables chart to see the patterns. Play with them again at home. See the guide from this week’s reading for an example.

Videos to watch at home this week on area and perimeter!  

WEEK 9 (Guide B pg 26-47, Practice B pg 16-43)

  1. Addition Mad Minute
  2. Vocabulary Review.
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  4. Play Block Blob Game. Play with them again at home. See the guide from this week’s reading for an example.

WEEK 10 (Guide B pg 48 – 57  , Practice B pg 44 – 50 )

  1. Addition Mad Minute
  2. Vocabulary Review.
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  4. Play Game. 100 Game.
  5. Board Problems – Addition Assignments Prodigy.

WEEK 11 (Guide B pg 58 – 65  , Practice B pg 51 – 58 )

  1. Addition Mad Minute
  2. Vocabulary Review.
  3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
  4. Play Game. 100 Game.
  5. Great video explanation of Perfect Squares!
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WEEK 12 (Guide B pg 66 – 71 , Practice B pg 59 – 73)

    1. Addition Mad Minute
    2. Vocabulary Review.
    3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
    4. Play Game. Mrs. Perkin’s Quilts.
    5. Watch two multiplication videos showing multiplication of multiple digits.
      1.  
    6. Play Prodigy: There are 4th and 5th grade multi digit multiplication assignments out there. Watch these videos first!

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WEEK 13 (Guide B pg 72 – 77 , Practice B pg 74 – 77)

    1. Addition Mad Minute
    2. Vocabulary Review.
    3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
    4. Do distributive property problems on the board.
    5. Watch distributive property videos above for review.

WEEK 14 (Guide B pg (Finish) , Practice B pg (Finish)

    1. Hand back papers.
    2. Vocabulary Review.
    3. Read Aloud with assigned monsters.
    4. Play Blokus!! Eat cookies!!

WEEK 1 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (12-28) , Practice pg (7-21)

    1. Hand back papers. Roster.
    2. READ: Guide pages 12 – 28
    3. WATCH: 
    4. PRACTICE: Do a few problems on page 9 Practice Book.
    5. VOCABULARY Game
    6. PLAY: Variable Rummikubish Game
    7. Next time: Start Multiplication MAD Minutes!

WEEK 2 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (29-41) , Practice pg (22-34)

    1. Sign in.
    2. READ: Guide pages 29 – 41
    3. VIDEO: Watch the video I just posted in week 1 semester 2.
    4. VOCABULARY Game (Print and play with if you haven’t already.)
    5. PLAY: Variable Rummikubish Game
    6. Multiplication MAD Minute!

WEEK 3 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (42-52) , Practice pg (37-47)

      1. Sign in.
      2. Multiplication Mad Minute!
      3. READ: Guide pages 42 – 52
      4. VOCABULARY Game (Print and play with if you haven’t already.)
      5. PLAY: Variable Rummikubish Game
      6. Online Division GAME
        1. https://www.mathgames.com/skill/3.52-division-with-divisors-up-to-10 
      7. VIDEO: Math Antics Basic Division

WEEK 4 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (53-60) , Practice pg (48-59)

        1. Sign in.
        2. Multiplication Mad Minute!
        3. READ: Guide pages 53 – 60
        4. VOCABULARY Game 
        5. PLAY: Remainder Jump 
        6. Online Division GAME
        7. VIDEO: Math Antics Long Division

WEEK 5 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (61-69) , Practice pg (60-69)

          1. Sign in.
          2. Online Multiplication Game
          3. READ: Guide pages 61 – 69
          4. VOCABULARY Game (Two teams. Draw a card from a regular deck of cards each time answer correctly. Team at the end with the highest sum of points wins. Each team have a scribe keep track on white board.)
          5. PLAY: NIM (Click on NIM for the Beast directions to this game. Then watch this video to see some strategies.)

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WEEK 6 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (ALL) , Practice pg (70 – 85)

          1. Sign in.
          2. Online Multiplication Game
          3. READ: All of Measurements in the Guide before doing any measurements in the Practice Book. Next week we’ll only review the reading.
          4. ROUND CAKE… AREA and PERIMETER!! You may eat your piece of cake after you bring me a filled in worksheet!  
          5. Homework: Bring me the division worksheet filled in next week for an extra treat!

Variable Game

WEEK 7 (2nd Semester) (Guide C pg (ALL) , Practice pg (86 – 99)

  1. Multiplication Card Game
  2. VOCABULARY Game (Two teams. Draw a card each time answer correctly. Team at the end with the highest sum of points wins. Each team have a scribe keep track on white board.)
  3. PLAY: NIM 
  4. Play Measurement Games from TPT

WEEK 8 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 10) , Practice pg (1 – 22)

  1. Multiplication Card Game: Set your timer for 20 minutes. Take your deck of cards and remove all faces. Put down the “2” card on the table in front of you. Then flip through the entire deck multiplying all cards by “2”. Next change the “2” to a “3” and start going through the deck again multiplying each card by 3. Do this through “10’s” if you can, or stop at 20 minutes and send me an email letting me know how far you got! Good luck!! Logan gets to about 8’s or 9’s with this game right now. But progress is coming fast with this game. So try it today and then start doing it once a week or more until you can master it!
  2. READ: Starting book D this week! Exciting! Read all of chapter 10 so we can play a full hour of fraction games next week. Fractions are the most difficult concept in Elementary math to learn, and hands-on activities are the best way to understand it.
  3. VOCABULARY Review.
  4. HOMEWORK: Practice Book pg (1 – 22)
  5. Watch 17 Math Antics FRACTIONS videos over the next four weeks. Here are the first four for this week. Only watch these four this week.

WEEK 9 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 10) , Practice pg (23 – 37)

  1. Multiplication Mad Minute
  2. VOCABULARY Review.
  3. Fractions Game (Catch the Monsters from TpT)
  4. Fractions Game (Roll, Slide, and Cover from TpT)
  5. Fractions Game (Buggy for Fractions from TpT)
  6. HOMEWORK: Watch 17 Math Antics FRACTIONS videos over the next four weeks. Here are the second four for this week.

WEEK 10 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 10) , Practice pg (38 – 45 )

  1. Multiplication Race Car Game (Multi Player)
  2. VOCABULARY Review. Play game where they keep the card if they know it. Player with most cards at the end wins.
  3. Pi Day Measuring Activity with Round cookies.
  4. Fractions Game (Roll, Slide, and Cover from TpT)
  5. Fractions Game (Buggy for Fractions from TpT)
  6. HOMEWORK: Watch 17 Math Antics FRACTIONS videos over the next four weeks. Here are the third set of four for this week.

WEEK 11 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 11) , Practice pg (46 – 61)

  1. Cave Run Multiplication Game
  2. Mad Minute
  3. Read about Estimation in 3D Guide for 15 minutes. (Finish reading it at home.)
  4. VOCABULARY Review. Place all the cards down on the table. Students take turn calling out answers to a card they know and keeping it if they get it right. One card per play. Player with most cards at the end wins.
  5. Rounding, Equivalent Fractions, Multiplication Games from TpT
  6. HOMEWORK: Watch Math Antics ROUNDING, read Guide Chapter 11, do Practice Book pages 46 – 61, do some Mad Minutes,
    Play “Guesstimate” from page 73 in 3D Guide Book (Note Cards, Quarters, Calculators) .

WEEK 12 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 11) , Practice pg (62 – 75)

  1. Estimation Game
  2. Mad Minute
  3. VOCABULARY Review. Place all the cards down on the table. Students take turn calling out answers to a card they know and keeping it if they get it right. One card per play. Player with most cards at the end wins.
  4. Rounding, Equivalent Fractions, Multiplication Games from TpT
  5. Prodigy: Look for an assignment on “Rounding 3rd Grade” on Prodigy. If you finish it with a high score, I’ll add a “Rounding 4th grade” assignment. If you ace that one I’ll give you “Rounding for 5th Grade”! Watch the videos below to do well on Prodigy! Rounding is one of the more simple topics so this might be a fun week for Prodigy!
  6. HOMEWORK: Watch three videos below, read Guide Chapter 11 if not finished, do Practice Book pages 62 – 75, do some Mad Minutes – beat your high score, Play “Guesstimate” from page 73 in 3D Guide Book (Note Cards, Quarters, Calculators), review your vocabulary cards .

WEEK 13 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 12) , Practice pg (76 – 84)

  1. Missing side, AREA Game
  2. Mad Minute
  3. Read Chapter 12
  4. VOCABULARY Review. Place all the cards down on the table. Students take turn calling out answers to a card they know and keeping it if they get it right. One card per play. Player with most cards at the end wins.
  5. Prodigy: WINNERS
  6. HOMEWORK: Watch perimeter and area videos below, read Guide Chapter 12, do Practice Book pages 76 – 84, do some Mad Minutes – beat your high score, review your vocabulary cards .

WEEK 14 (2nd Semester) (Guide D (Ch 12) , Practice pg (85 – end)

  1. Final Mad Minute
  2. VOCABULARY Review. Place all the cards down on the table. Students take turn calling out answers to a card they know and keeping it if they get it right. One card per play. Player with most cards at the end wins.
  3. Prodigy: WINNERS
  4. SUMMER HOMEWORK: Re-Watch any videos, re-read Guides, Finish Practice Books, do some Mad Minutes – beat your high score from this year on our first day back in the Fall, review your vocabulary cards.
  5. I’ll be assigning a 3rd grade level standardized Prodigy test to the whole class for 4/15 – 4/26 for anyone who wants to take it.
  6. I’ll be assigning a 4th grade level standardized Prodigy test to the whole class for 4/29 -5/3 for anyone who wants to take it.
  7. I’ll be assigning a 5th grade level standardized Prodigy test to the whole class for 5/6 – 5/10 for anyone who wants to take it.