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Settlement Functions and Patterns

 
Content

Content

Title
Summary
  • Settlement Functions and Patterns
  • A lesson that facilitates students to investigate the function and patterns of settlements.
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Digital tools
Categories
  • Geography
Audience
Learning objectives
  • Designed for 12-13 year olds but could be used with younger or older students with a suitable change in pace.
  • To have knowledge and understanding of settlement patterns.
  • To have knowledge and understanding of settlement functions.
Time to complete
Resources required
  • 45 - 60 minutes
  • Laptop or tablet devices with internet access.
 
Geography Starter

Starter

 
Which settlement do you live in? What does your settlement do? Why is it where it is? How does it make its money?
 
Tilt-shift Maker: Barcelona from the Sagrada Família
Google Document La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain
 
Geography Activities

Activities

 
Geography Activities

Settlement Functions

The function of a settlements is the reason why a town was first built. Explore the examples listed below. Can you come up with your own example for each?
 
 
Click on each Function for an example
       
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
       
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
WikipediaPlacemark
 
Geography Activities

Settlement Patterns

Settlement patterns describe the shape of the settlement. The shape of early villages and settlements was usually influenced by the surrounding area.
 
Dispersed Settlement Pattern
Linear Settlement Pattern
Nucleated Settlement Pattern
     
Dispersed Settlement Pattern
Linear Settlement Pattern
Nucleated Settlement Pattern
 
Can you decide if each settlement is dispersed, linear or nucleated? What about the settlement you live in?
 
Placemark Settlement A [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Settlement B [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Google Document Settlement C [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Google Document Settlement D [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Settlement E [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
Placemark Settlement F [opens in Google Earth for Chrome]
 
Google Earth
 

Using Google Earth for Chrome with this lesson

 

Google Earth for Chrome is a web-based version of Google Earth.

An alternative way to save places can be found here.

The individual placemarks can be opened as links from this webpage. Alternatively they can all be opened from a single file. To do this follow these steps:

  1. To view KML files, click Menu and then Settings.
  2. Click Enable KML file import.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Download 'All the Dispersed, Linear or Nucleated Placemarks' onto your computer or upload it to your Google Drive.
  5. Click My Places
  6. Click Import KML file and choose the file from your computer or Google Drive.
 
Google Document All the Dispersed, Linear or Nucleated Placemarks needed for the worksheet
 
Geography Activities

Worksheet

 
Google Document PDF
Geography Review

Review

 
Play the Classtool.net Arcade Games to revise Settlement Location, Patterns and Functions.

 

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