Data Literacy Cubes (Graphs, Maps, and Data Tables)

Educators, consider using the My NASA Data Literacy Cubes to guide students’ exploration of graphs, maps, and datasets to enrich their observations and inferences.

Data Literacy Cube sets:

  • There are sets for three different cube types. Each cube type has an icon associated with it. Icons are displayed on the right side of My NASA Data pages to indicate which cubes could be used with the content on the page. It is also possible to search content by cube type.
    • Maps      My NASA Data - Data Literacy Cube - Map Image
    • Graphs  My NASA Data - Data Literacy Cube - Graph Image
    • Data      My NASA Data - Data Literacy Cubes - Data Image
  • Each cube type has leveled questions to help you differentiate your instruction. The guides contain labeled versions and unlabeled versions of the question for you to use at your discretion. See the bottom left of the labeled question sheets for the designations of the levels.
    • Beginner       "A" Label for Beginner Questions
    • Intermediate  "B" Label for Intermediate Questions
    • Advanced      "C" Label for Advanced Questions
    • English Language Learners "D" Label for English Language Learners Questions

Materials: 

  • 1 Cube per group/student
  • 1 matching Question Sheet per group/student
  • 1 sheet of paper per student
  • Pencil

Teacher Preparation:  Print copies of the cube on cardstock and cut out.  Assemble the cube with glue. Note: consider laminating after you cut these out for multiple uses. (Gaming dice may be substituted for the cubes.) Also, print off copies of the questions sheets. Distribute to students for group or independent work.

Teacher using the Data Literacy Cube for data analysis.  GLOBE Mission Earth & Oakland Unified School District - NGSS STEM Learning Workshop - Chabot Science Center Oakland, CA
Teacher using the Data Literacy Cube for data analysis.  GLOBE Mission Earth & Oakland Unified School District - NGSS STEM Learning Workshop - Chabot Science Center Oakland, CA

Procedure:  

  1. Distribute one cube per group, as well as the related questions sheets.

  2. Students roll the cube and find the matching question on the Cube Question sheet. E.g., “Analyze the map.”

  3. Answer one question found under matching question on a sheet of paper, labeling the question with the number and letter of the question.  

  4. Repeat Steps 2-4 until at least 10 are answered.  

My NASA Data - Data Literacy Cubes - Map Cube Image

My NASA Data - Data Literacy Cubes - Graph Cube Image My NASA Data - Data Literacy Cube - Data Cube Image

Last updated on 5/24/2019.