Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:

  • Magnet board and pieces
  • Giant pawn (optional, for variation)

Chess Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of rows and columns on a chess board

General Objective(s):

  • Demonstrate understanding of rows and columns
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship

Description:

Each child gets to hold a magnetic pawn. Gather around the magnet teaching board. As a group, read off the letters on the columns and the numbers on the rows. Then ask the children to put their pawn on a specific column and row. You can also let the children put their pieces wherever they want and identify the column and row for themselves.

Variation 1:

Take turns putting a giant pawn on the big board and naming the column and row.

Description for Parents:

All of the children got to hold a magnetic pawn piece as we gathered around the teaching chess board. We noticed that all of the columns had letter names and read the letters together (A through H). We also noticed that all of the rows had number names and read the numbers (1 through 8). Then the coach asked the children to put their pawns on a specific column or row. We also put our pieces wherever we wanted and identified the column and row names for the pieces’ placements.