Regions An area in the landscape that links places together using any parameter the geographer chooses. An area that has something in common. There is no set size for a “region.” Functional regions – A functional region has a center point, or, a “node.” The function of the region is most intense at the center but lose their characteristics or importance the further the distance from the focal point. Distance decay Why don’t we shop at Baybrook Mall in Clear Lake? While it is the primary mall for the Clear Lake “region,” it is too far away and thus we are out of its “functional region.” REGIONS FUNCTIONAL Travel areas to shopping and work Regions are defined by something or many things they have in common. Resources for Members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Functional Regions Vermont public radio classical radio stations Crossroads This Week is a community newspaper serving an approximately 4,000 square mile area northwest of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Perceptual regions Everyone knows roughly where they are, though there are no defined boundaries. Where do most of us live? Who is the mayor, or, where is the city hall or downtown Cypress? Most people know where Cypress or CyFair is, but, we are not a city and don’t even have a “city limits” sign. Use with the “regions” map lesson handout part 2 Outline five “regions” of the USA and label on map A. On map B, outline and number where you think the “regions” below would be. 1. The South 2. Northeast 3. Southwest 4. Midwest 5. Northwest 6. West 7. North 8. Sunbelt 9. New England Perceptual regions-these reflect human attitudes and feelings. They are subjective. Where does the “South” begin and end? Where is the “Southwest?” REGIONS – PERCEPTUAL (VERNACULAR) REGIONS – PERCEPTUAL (VERNACUALAR) Regions can be neighborhoods – although different people may call the regions by different names. Think of several names that you might use for these areas of a town. The “rich” part of town, “across the tracks”, poor side of town, ghetto, barrio. REGIONS - FORMAL Formal regions have defined boundaries. You know when you enter, you know when you leave. Parishes (counties) of Louisiana Formal regions “get a sign.” Identify the functional and formal regions found on this map. McDonalds restaurants are functional regions with loose areas where people will go to one or two restaurants. The formal regions would be Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia, as well as each city. Name the “regions” Areas of influence Starbucks Stores States Think about your school commons. Are there “regions” that certain people always eat in? Would these be formal, perceptual, or functional regions? Take a sheet of paper. Lay out the Cy-Woods commons and label the “regions” where people sit. (make certain not to use offensive language)-topics to consider: smart people, jocks, teachers, AP’s, band, ethnic groups, guys, girls, freshmen, sophomores, etc… Have several students discuss or draw on the board where their ideas of the regions are in the commons. Are there differences? Compare and contrast.