NOTICE: All Maps, Graphs, and Charts products currently sold by Hexco use the 2008 Nystrom World Atlas. Please consult your contest website before purchasing these products. We are looking into revising over the summer of 2019 for release in the fall. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Maps, Graphs, and Charts Practice Packet 7-8 is our latest practice packet for the proactive UIL/PSIA competitor. Our packet is comprised of six practice tests consisting of five parts each with answer keys. These tests present a wide variance of maps, charts and graphs aimed the acclimation of the student to the kinds of information they would find on an actual UIL/PSIA test. Tests are composed in the style of UIL/PISA and constructed to help students become aware of the range and assortment of materials that could be presented at actual competition. For example, students may be given of map of Florida's attractions or a graph of Northland's bird sightings and then asked thirty questions pertaining to the information within it.
Maps, Graphs & Charts Practice Packet 5-6 is our newest practice packet for the competing student. This packet includes six practice tests consisting of five parts each with answer keys. Written in competition format, this packet can be used for both UIL and PSIA and consists of a wide variety of maps, charts and graphs. This product is designed to help students become adept in this UIL/PSIA field of competition by giving them materials such as those found in an invitational setting. A test question may ask the student to use the World Atlas as a reference to answer a series of questions or ask a series of questions about an enclosed graph pertaining to the activities of Pronghorn Caverns, for example.
Maps, Graphs & Charts Practice Packet 5-8 and is written in the format of actual UIL invitationals to give students practice doing exercises that are very similar to what they will see during UIL/PSIA competition. Each test presents unique map, chart and graph styles, both computerized and hand-drawn, to familiarize your students with the multiple ways this information can be presented. Questions appear in the invitational-standard fill-in-the-blank and true-or-false question format. Sample tests grow progressively more difficult in order to help your student reach a higher skill level by the time the last test in the packet is completed. For example, a test questions at the beginning of the packet could pertain to simple graph of a high school fundraiser and then advance to more complex test questions pertaining to the Land Cover Map of Asia when they reach the 7-8 grade level.
About the author:
Shannon Barker is Hexco's primary in-house editor, writer, and academic coach specializing in Geography and Social Studies. Shannon holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a former passage writer for Harcourt School Publishers. She was an elementary educator for social studies and language arts. While serving over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, Shannon has journeyed throughout North America and three other continents. She has two beautiful daughters and enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and ballet.