001 - Settlement Sites
What are the natural advantages of a settlement site?
What are the natural advantages of Geneva?
Approaches to Learning
Communication - Reading, writing and using language to gather and communicate information - Make inferences and draw conclusions.
Activity One - Watch
We will first be looking at what an area needs to be desirable for people to settle there. Watch the YouTube clip and answer the questions :
- What is a settlement?
- How big can a settlement be?
- What determines where a settlement is located?
- What is a wet point site?
- What is a dry point site?
- What types of natural resources do people live near? Why?
- What is a defensive site?
- What forms of communication do people live near?
Activity Three - Cut and Stick
People choose sites to live if it has one or more natural advantages e.g. a water supply. The more natural advantages a place has the more likely it is to grow in size. You will now be handed a sheet which has a number of settlement advantages descriptive words and statements. Cut out the statements and words and match them together. Then stick them on paper.
Activity Three - Analyse
You have now learnt what the advantages of a settlement site can be but what do you think a perfect settlement site is? You will be given a work sheet to fill in.
- Draw in the box your perfect settlement site.
- Label the sites key features. (Label is one or two words).
- Explain the natural advantages of the site.
- What are the disadvantages of the site?
Key Terms - Disadvantages (suggestions)
Too wet No water Few building materials Lack of food
Too open No energy Hard to build on
Little protection from enemies Too steep Too boggy
Activity Four - Google Earth
You will need to use your laptops for this part of the lesson as you will be using Google Earth to identify the settlement advantages for various sites.