Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:

  • Big chess board
  • 2 giant bishops
  • Magnet board with 2 magnet bishops

Chess Objective(s):

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how the bishop moves

General Objective(s):

  • Recognize diagonal lines
  • Improve fine motor skills
  • Enhance visualization skills


Set up the magnet board with just 1 or 2 bishops. Show how the bishop moves in a diagonal line. Point out that if the bishop starts on white, it has to stay on white. If it starts on the dark color, it has to stay on the dark color. (Doesn’t matter what color the piece is, only the squares it is on.) You can also show how the bishop moves through the corners of the chess board squares (not through the sides of the squares).

Move the bishop a few times correctly, asking the children every time, “Can the bishop move like this?” and get them to yell yes or no. Once or twice, move the bishop incorrectly.

Let each child have a chance to move the bishop. You can put several bishops on the board and let them move at the same time, if it helps the class stay focused.

Description for Parents:

We used a teaching chess board to learn that bishops move in a diagonal line and must always stay on the same color square they start on.