Lesson 1: Settlement Patterns
Learning Targets and Language Objectives
As you view this video, prepare to share your answers to the following questions:
What settlement patterns do you observe?
Based on the map, what other inferences or conclusions can you draw about settlement patterns in various world regions?
As you view the videos, take notes that you will use to summarize how landforms and availability of resources impact settlements.
Be prepared to answer the following questions;
1. How do landforms affect settlement?
2. How does the availability of resources affect settlement?
Use the following link to view an interactive map on population density;
World Population History
As you view the interactive map, use the reference bar on the bottom to explore how world population distributions have changed over time (press play on the far right side of the reference bar). As you are viewing, explore the milestones and examine the map for changes in population distributions over time.
Access a physical world map on the Nystrom Desk Atlas online. Examine a world physical map to determine the relationship between population distributions/densities and physical features.
1. Use both resources, to determine how various physical features impact settlement pattern.
Download and open the WGS_Map of North America_Unit 4.
Use this map to label key physical features such as: the Rocky Mountain range, the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, the Great Plains, the Canadian Shield, and the Mississippi River, and the line of latitude known as the Arctic Circle.
Use the Nystrom Desk Atlas online to assist you.
Work with a partner to complete the handout WGS_Physical Features Impact Settlement Patterns Unit 4, making inferences and drawing conclusions about the impact of physical features and processes on settlement patterns.
Revisit learning target self-assessment.