Introduce Data Analysis Concepts with this Interactive Tool

Hands-On Math Graph Cubes provides an interactive learning environment for developing skills and concepts related to data analysis. It is a perfect classroom tool for core mathematics instruction and enrichment for teachers who want to strengthen graph reading and interpreting skills. While using this app students will conduct surveys of their classmates and represent the results of data collection in a bar graph that is assembled by stacking virtual cubes on a grid. The skills learned are relevant to the elementary mathematics curriculum. Encourage your students to try Hands-On Math Graph Cubes, and as they do you will see them get better at many basic math skills including the following:

  • Analyze and describe data in terms of absolute or relative frequency of occurrence, range (highest/lowest), etc.
  • Summarize information and relationships revealed by a graph
  • Add new data to a given chart, graph, or set of organized data
  • Extrapolate from obvious trends revealed by graphs in order to make predictions

Graph Cube offers a variety of sticker collections which are used to label the graph. Colored cubes are used to create a vertical bar graph. Younger learners will benefit from the optional auditory feedback that is provided as they manipulate cubes and stickers.

Targeted Mathematical Development in the Following Areas:

Data Analysis
Constructing Surveys, Collecting Data, Representing Data in a Graph, Reading a Graph Accurately, Using Graphs and Tables to Answer Questions
Number Sense
Comparisions, (<, =, or >)
Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
Logic and Reasoning
Solving Logical Problems Using the Scientific Method, Deductive Reasoning

Sticker Sets:

  • Fruit
  • Colors
  • Geometric Shapes
  • Common Pets
  • Days of the Week
  • Feelings
  • Eye Color and Hair Color
  • Sports
  • Weather
  • Holidays

Hands-On Math Graph Cubes


Collecting, Organizing and Describing Data Based on Real-Life Situations

For students, learning about the opinions of their classmates can be fun. Graph Cubes goes beyond drill and practice and presents students with an interactive tool that encourages self-expression, creativity and learning through discovery. By surveying classmates students get to know each other better and they also learn about how graphs are used to communicate information.


Hands-On Math Graph Cubes creates a virtual mathematical playground right on your iPad. It simulates the use of a popular math manipulative color cubes and combines it with a creative tool for building graphs. It is perfect for elementary and middle school classrooms. Enrich your mathematics curriculum with Hands-On Math Graph Cubes.

The ability to graph and interpret data is a critical skill. Everyday we encounter with graphs and tables designed to convey important information. Started in the primary grades students are asked to evaluate, interpret, understand and discuss data that is presented in a table or graph. Tables and graphs are important not just in math class but in other areas as well. Graphs are used to present historical information, perhaps showing trends, or population. In science the results of an experiment is often presented using a graph or table. It is not hard to see why data analysis has become a major goal of the K-12 curriculum.

Hands-On Math Graph Cubes can help students develop data analysis skills. These skills must be learned early and reinforced often. Several important areas of the graphing and data analysis curriculum can be addressed using this app:

  • Transition from Concrete to Abstract Representations of Data
  • Classification, Grouping
  • Data Collection and Surveys
  • Comparisons
  • Mathematical Reasoning


[ Instructor's Guide (PDF) ]

We recommend that you open the Instructor's Guide PDF from your iPad in a new browser page and save the document in your iBooks app.

Getting Started
Sample Graphs
Editing Graph Data


  • Interactive Graph Cubes for Investigation and Discovery.
  • Supports Common Core Objectives
  • Focuses on Problem Solving Strategies.
  • Data Collection and Graphing Activities which Can Are Completed Using Virtual Manipulatives.
  • The Hands-On Math Series of Apps Helps Build Fundamental Math Concepts.
  • On/Off Options and Controls for Various Features Make Hands-On Math Perfect for the Classroom.

Graph Cubes

Graph Cubes is a fun way to introduce data analysis skills. Using simple gestures students move and place cubes on a grid to build a graph. Student interaction with the graph is instantly reflected in a table. Changes made to the table are instantly reflected in the graph.

Possible Topics:

  • Relationship between Tables and Graphs
  • Making Comparison (Greatest, Least, etc.)
  • Problem Solving
  • Ordering and Sequencing
  • Using Graphs to Describe Data
  • Analyzing, Interpreting and Drawing Conclusions from Graphs and Tables


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Graph Cube Functions

By dragging a cubes on to a grid, the student builds a graph. As the graph is built data corresponding the graph is assembled in a table.

  • Icons are used to label the columns of the graph.
  • Choose from several different categories of icons.
  • Change the graph by dragging numbers to the table.
  • Optional sounds and speech functions enhance learning opportunties.
Hands-On Math: Graph Cubes is now available at the Apple iTunes Store.