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New book series delivers math instruction in comic book-style

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012 15:11 PM

As schools work to tailor their curricula to reflect the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many publishers are doing the same with their educational books.

Art of Problem Solving is one publisher that turned to the CCSS’ math standards when developing its new Beast Academy series. Elementary students who pick up one of these books can follow the colorful and engaging adventures of four little monsters that are enrolled at Beast Academy.

What helps the series stand out is the fact that its format is similar to what students would find in a comic book. In author Jason Batterson’s opinion, delivering math instruction in this way is "immediately appealing" to young learners.

"As U.S. students fall further behind their international counterparts, there is a clear need for new approaches to math instruction," Batterson added.

Third-graders who pick up the Beast Academy book for their age group will find themselves reading about general mathematical topics such as perimeter and area, as well as more complex concepts like composite figures and polygons.

Thanks to the Common Core, students will touch on these and other topics, such as fractions and geometry, before they leave the fifth grade, according to the CCSS’ website.