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

Graph Data Cube - Advanced Questions
Example of Graph Data Literacy Cube

Last updated on 11/26/2018


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

Data Literacy Cube set includes:

  • Cube templates for three topics
    • Maps
    • Graphs
    • Data
  • Leveled questions supporting each topic
    • Advanced
    • Intermediate
    • Beginner
    • English Language Learners 


  • 1 Cube per group/student

  • 1 matching Cube Question Sheet

  • 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.  Also, print off copies of the Cube Questions. Distribute to students for group or independent work.


  1. Distribute one cube per group, as well as the related Cube Questions sheet.

  2. Students roll the cube and find the matching question on the Cube Question sheet. E.g., “Write a hypothesis statement (or claim) using these data.”

  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.