Data Literacy Cube: Intermediate Graph Data using Soil Moisture Data
Use the My NASA Data Cubes to guide students’ exploration of data to enrich their observations and inferences. This is a flexible resource that may be used with a variety of graphical representations of data. This activity requires a graph for students to evaluate. For the purposes of this lesson, students will analyze a graph of the Monthly Soil Moisture of the Mojave National Preserve, south of Las Vegas, NV shown in mm.
- Observe and interpret physical characteristics of the Earth System using graphs of NASA data
- Characterize the independent and dependent variables
- Analyze graphs values with statistics
- Research how the phenomena changes of time and space
- Identify relationships among variables
- Summarize trends in the data
- How is the data represented in the graph?
- How do we identify changes in these data?
- How does change in the independent variable affects the other variable?
- What relationships do you claim to exist among these variables?
- 1 Cube per group/student
- 1 matching Cube Question Sheet
- 1 Sheet of paper per student
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.
- Standalone Lesson (no technology required)
For more information about the procedures for accessing MND data on the Earth System Data Explorer, visit our YouTube page and watch the tutorials.
- Distribute one cube per group, as well as the related Cube Questions sheet and the graph.
- Students roll the cube and find the matching question on the Cube Question sheet.
- Answer one question found under matching question on a sheet of paper, labeling the question with the number and letter of the question. See example below, 5.A.
- Repeat Steps 2-4 until at least 10 are answered.