Tropical Cyclone Counts Model
Use the Data Literacy Map Cube to familiarize yourself with and interpret the model.
This is a flexible resource that may be used with a variety of mapped images.
- observe and interpret physical characteristics of the Earth System using maps of NASA data
- analyze how the phenomena changes with location
- brainstorm how the phenomena connects to other parts of the Earth System
- identify patterns and relationships in data
- Map Cube Template and Questions
- A number cube can be used in place of the template
- 1 sheet of paper
- Pencil or Pen
- Tropical Cyclone Counts Map Image
A version of this mini lesson that can be directly accessed by students can be found at Tropical Cyclone Counts Model for Students.
- Print copies of the cubes, cut out and assemble with glue or tape. (Tip: For increased durability, consider printing cubes on card stock and/or laminating. Regular dice can be used as a substitute, as the cube’s sides and related questions are numbered.)
- Print off copies of the Cube Questions. The question sheets are differentiated. This can be used for grouping or for individual students.
- Provide each student/group with the appropriate question sheet/s.
- Provide each student/group with a copy of the Tropical Cyclone Count Map. Alternatively, the map can be displayed for the entire class.
Distribute one cube per group, as well as the related Cube Questions sheet/s, and mapped image.
Students roll the cube and find the matching question/number on the Cube Question sheet. They are numbered for easy matching. Answer one sub-question found under matching main question on a sheet of paper, labeling the question with the number and letter of the question.
Repeat Steps 2-3 until at least 10 are answered. NOTE: Question 5.B does not pertain to this particular map. Advise students to skip it and roll again if necessary.
Tropical cyclones are sometimes called hurricanes or typhoons. The image is a model of the number of tropical cyclones around the world from 1842 – 2018. It was generated in the My NASA Data Earth System Data Explorer.