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ART - Grades 4-8

General Contest Information

This contest involves the study of paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and paintings or pictures from selected Texas museums. The Art Smart Bulletin, published every other year, is the source for study of history and art elements relative to the 40 art selections and is the final authority in the spelling of artists' names and titles of art works. As part of their study, students will demonstrate an understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original artworks while making informed judgments about the artwork.

Part A of the contest requires the contestant to identify the names of 15 selected artists and titles of pictures selected randomly by the director from the official list of 40 pictures. Part B consists of 30 questions about art history and art elements characteristic of the 40 art selections.

The Art Contest is in the first year of a two-year cycle. Prints and the Art Smart Bulletin are different than they were for 2016-2017. Both divisions (grades 4-6, grades 7-8) use the same prints and bulletin, but different tests are provided for each division.

Quizlet Practice for ART
Artist and Titles Art Contest Artist and Pictures 21-22 & 22-23 Years

Quizlet UIL Art 21-22, 22-23 Set 1

Quizlet UIL A+ Art 21-22, 22-23 Set 2

Quizlet UIL A+ Art 21-22, 22-23 Set 3

Quizlet UIL A+ Art 21-22, 22-23 Set 4

Calculator Applications Grades 6-8

The Calculator Applications Contest involves a thirty-minute test comprised of 70 mathematical problems that are solved with a handheld calculator:

  • 35 numerical,

  • 21 stated,

  • 14 geometry.

CHESS PUZZLES - Grades 6,7 & 8

News and Updates

  • Chess Puzzle is no longer a pilot event – it is now an official part of A+ Academics.

  • The A+ Invitational materials set now includes Chess Puzzle.

  • Contest materials for district meets are now ordered in the same format as other A+ events, and will be provided in printed packets (for orders submitted by prescribed deadlines).

  • Texas Tech Chess has partnered with UIL to provide study and practice material for A+ Chess Puzzle. See the link below under Study and Practice Resources.

Contest Format

  • Chess Puzzle is offered for grades 2-8 in three divisions: grades 2-3, grades 4-5 and grades 6-8. As with other A+ events, districts may choose to structure with these as combined divisions or may choose to offer a separate division for each individual grade level.

  • Each division will take a 30-minute objective test plus a separate 5-minute tiebreaker section. A different test is provided for each of the three divisions. The tiebreaker section is identical for ALL divisions.

  • All Chess Puzzle test questions are now multiple-choice format, to allow for a broader scope of questions and increase the educational value of the contest (and make grading even easier).

  • Scoring is simple. For the main test and tiebreaker sections, contestants receive one point for each correct answer. There are no deductions for incorrect or unanswered questions. All grade levels will take the same tiebreaker section. Tiebreakers need only be graded for contestants actually involved in a tie.

Study and practice resources

Chess Puzzle Pieces
Chess Puzzle Terms

There are thousands of other chess web sites available online, many that include chess puzzles, and many that are designed for kids.

What is Chess Puzzle Solving?

The benefits of chess are well documented for players of all ages, and especially for young people. Chess teaches problem solving, hones concentration and encourages analytical and strategic thinking. Chess can be a lifelong pursuit.

Chess puzzle competition is very different from tournament chess play. Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram. See links above for sample tests and other resources.

A chess puzzle event provides an avenue for chess participation that does not require the time and resources of actual tournament play. The fixed time limit makes it practical to include in a district meet schedule, and the availability of free resources allows any school (including those that do not currently have chess programs) to include chess puzzle in their slate of A+ events at minimal cost.

Creative Writing - Grade 2

The contest is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students in second grade will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others.

Contestants will be given a prompt with several captioned pictures. From these pictures, the students will create an original story based on their selections in 30 minutes. The stories must contain at least one of the pictured items, but it is not required that all items on the page be included.

Dictionary Skills - Grades 5-8

Thorough knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student's ability to find the information that is needed for classwork as well as everyday living. Each Dictionary Skills test consists of 40 objective and short answer questions to be completed in 20 minutes. Contestants use dictionaries during the competition, which may be tabbed. Contest questions cover word origins and histories, parts of speech, pronunciation, variant spellings, plurals, alphabetizing and other such elements. Test questions are also taken from charts, tables and lists contained in the dictionary.

The subject matter of all tests is taken from the Merriam Webster's Intermediate Dictionary, 2004 and subsequent editions. Contestants may use other dictionaries in the contest, but the contest subject matter will be found in Webster's Intermediate.


Practice Practice with Kahoot

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Impromptu Speaking - Grades 6-8

This contest provides opportunities for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to evaluate speeches given by others; to explore the use of the voice and body in speaking situations; to examine the different purposes for speaking; to organize ideas; to prepare and deliver various speeches; and to develop self-confidence.

Contestants will draw three topics and have three minutes to prepare a speech, which must be presented without any notes. The contest gives participants experience in thinking, organizing, formulating clear thoughts, and delivering those thoughts to an audience effectively.

The maximum time limit for each speech is five minutes. There is no minimum time limit. Students who exceed the allotted five minutes shall be penalized one rank.

Sample Topics

  • A good parent...

  • A law should be made that...

  • Courage is...

  • Freedom is like the ocean because...

  • If I could only accomplish one thing in my life, I would like to...

  • If I wanted to impress someone, I'd tell them about my...

  • If I'd known my parents when they were teenagers...

  • Little Red Riding Hood should have...

  • Loyalty should be given to...

  • Other cultures...

  • Professional athletes' salaries...

  • Teenagers would be better off...

  • The one world event I remember most about this year is...

  • You can make a child feel special by...

  • If I could be president for a day, I'd...

  • Of the five senses, my favorite is...

  • If I played a role in a TV show, I'd play...

  • If I taught junior high school, I'd...

  • If I were an author, I would write about...

  • If I were the leader of a new settlement on the frontier, I'd...

  • If I were the opposite sex, I'd...

  • If I wrote a personal mission statement, it would say...

  • To get respect...

  • It's OK to rebel when...

  • People often stereotype...

  • The strength of America lies in...

  • To me, success in life means...

  • Why people are afraid to fail...

  • Teenagers smoke because...

Listening - Grades 5 - 

The listening contest is designed to help students in grades 5,6,7 and 8 recognize the importance of effective listening skills and to identify problems they may have in listening effectively. It also provides a challenging format to test the improvement of their listening abilities. Through preparation for the contest, participants will listen actively to a variety of material and learn to analyze and evaluate a speaker's message critically. Tests will include, but not necessarily be limited to, language arts, fine arts, natural sciences and social studies. The objective tests will measure skills such as identifying the main idea and supporting ideas, drawing conclusions, distinguishing fact from opinion, and mastering other listening and thinking skills.

Contestants will listen to a script ranging from seven to ten minutes in length, take notes as needed, and use their notes to answer 25 multiple choice, true/false and short answer test questions. A variety of subject matter will be used for the listening tests.

  • Directions
  • Student take notes while they listen to the passage being read.
  • Once the essay is finished you have ten minutes to answer questions.
  • Scoring
  • Correct answers are worth 3 points
  • Incorrect answers are minus 2 points
  • Skipping a question doesn't affect your score
  • A perfect score is 75

Directions -

1.Listen to the Story and take notes.

2. Second - Click on the link and answer question remember only 10 minutes is allowed to answer questions.

Practice Grades 5 & 6

Practice 1 - Caddo Mounds

            Listen and Take Notes

            Test Your Knowledge

Practice 2 - History of the Grapefruit

             Listen and Take Notes

            Test Your Knowledge

Practice 3 - The History of Petit Jean State Park

             Listen and Take Notes

             Test Your Knowledge

Practice Grades 7 & 8

Practice 1 - Charles Goodnight - The Texas Cowboy

            Listen and Take notes

            Test Your Knowledge

Practice 2 - In Search of the Northwest Passage

             Listen and Take notes

             Test Your Knowledge

Music Memory

The focus of the Music Memory contest is an in-depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music. In the course of preparing for the contest, students should be given the opportunity to describe and analyze the music, relate the music to history, to society and to culture, and to evaluate musical performance.


  • (A) In the 2nd-grade matching portion of the contest, award two points for the correct composer, or one point if the composer is correct but misspelled. In the 2nd-grade listening portion of the contest, award two points for correct recognition of selection title.
  • (B) In the 3rd/4th-grade matching portion of the contest, award two points for recognition of the composer and two points for recognition of selection title. In the 3rd/4th-grade tie-breaking portion of the contest, award two points for the correct major work, if required, and two points for the correct selection. Award one point if the major work is correct but misspelled. Award one point if the selection title is correct but misspelled. Award no points for incorrect or unanswered items.
  • (C) In the 5th/6th-grade contest, award two points for the correct major work, if required, and two points for the correct selection. Award one point if the major work is correct but misspelled. Award one point if the selection title is correct but misspelled. Award two points for the correct composer. Award one point if the composer’s name is correct but misspelled. In the 5th/6th-grade tie-breaking portion of the contest, the same scoring method shall be used. Award no points for incorrect or unanswered items.
  • (D) In the 7th/8th multiple-choice part of the contest, award two points for each correct answer. (If the district has opted to count the multiple-choice section as a tiebreaker only, it is only necessary to grade that section for entries involved in a tie.) In the listening portion of the contest, award two points for the correct major work, if required, or one point if the major work is correct but misspelled. Award two points for the correct selection title, or one point if the selection title is correct but misspelled. Award two points for the correct composer or one point if the composer’s name is correct but misspelled.


Practice Note *** 2nd grade is only responsible for the items highlighted in yellow.

Open the PDF and click on the redbox  to hear the selection.


Muisc Memory official List.pdf for 21-22


Google Slide presentation of the musical selection for each grade. As you advance each slide the musical piece will begin to play


Music Memory For Grade 2


Quizlet Music Memory for Grade 2


Music Memory for Grades 3 & 4


Music Memory for Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8


Quizlet practice identifying composers with pieces


Quizlet Practice Identifying elements of musical pieces



Maps, Graphs & Charts - Grades 5-8

The maps, graphs & charts contest is designed to help students learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys.

Students will be given an objective test containing approximately 75 multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions which must be answered in 45 minutes.

Beginning in 2009-10, only the 2008 edition will be use in test preparation. Students may also use any other atlas they choose, but the test questions are written using this source.

Quizlet Practice

Maps, Graphs, & Charts 

Maps, Graphs & Charts - Asia

Maps, Graphs & Charts - Europe

Maps, Graphs & Charts - Africa II

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Map Graphs and Charts Test Taking Tips




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