Maps and Data

Global Temperatures Graph

Global land-ocean temperature index

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. Seventeen of the 18 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2001, with the exception of 1998. The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record. (Source: NASA/GISS). This research is broadly consistent with similar constructions prepared by the Climatic Research Unit and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Mini Lesson

Analyzing Air Temperature Graphs

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

Materials:

  • 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.

Procedure:
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., “Identify a Relationship Between 2 Variables.”
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.

Graph Data Cube - Advanced Template
Graph Data Cube - Advanced Template