Use the "5 Themes" guidelines below to gather information about your city. Fill out the page in your notebook as you find information. The entry will be #16: Five Themes ___________ (put the name of the European capital you were assigned).
Five Themes of Geography Detail
you research your capital, go down the list of topics below to guide your
research. You don’t have to cover every single topic. You just want to give a
complete picture of your city. You can find many facts by putting the name of your city in Google and then putting what you are looking for: "London Population".
-This should be straightforward. Where is it in the country and what is it next to? Is it in the center of your country on the coast?
-Mountains, lakes, rivers, deserts, etc... What is the landscape like?
-Climate. Hot? Freezing? Rainy?
-Type of government
-Give a general description of the
-Any unique holidays or events celebrated? For example, Sonoma has the Vintage Festival, which is pretty unique to our town.
-Historical highlights (include when
it was founded). For example, Sonoma had the Bear Flag Revolt and the northern most
-Current events. Is your city in the news for any reason?
-Staple diet. What are the main foods eaten in your country? Are there any unique dishes or foods that your country
is known for?
-What is the city's nickname? San Francisco has many like "The City by the Bay," "The City," and "Frisco". Sonoma is in "The
Valley of the Moon"
-“The South,” “New England” and “The Middle East” are regions. When you
think of “The Middle East” there are details that come to mind that reflect the
land and culture of the region. What are the similarities and differences between your
city and the cities around it?
-Immigration, emigration, migration. Are people moving to, moving out of, or
moving around your city? If so, why?
-Imports. What products are being brought in from elsewhere?
-Exports. What products do they produce and ship out of the state?
5. Human-Environment Interaction
-Vacation/Tourist locations. Washington D.C. has the White House, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian and many more
things to see.
-Where do people live? Is the population concentrated in one part of the
city or are they distributed throughout?
-Crops. In a large city, you probably won't have much agriculture.
-Environmental issues. Some cities are dealing with different types of pollution.
-Urban/Rural ratio. What percent of the population lives in the city? What percentage in the outskirts?
-Economy. How do people make money?
-Major industries. Tourism and the wine industry are key to the economy of
Sonoma. Does your city produce cars, electronic equipment, toys, etc…?
Use internet sites to research your city. If you are looking for something specific, you can type in the name of your city and the detail you are looking for into google (example: Alaska Industries").