Time Required:

5-10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Giant white rook
  • Giant black rook
  • Magnet board with rook pieces
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Describe what capturing is
      • Demonstrate how to capture rooks
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination
      • Identify a straight line
      • Demonstrate good sportsmanship

      Tell or remind the children that the rook moves in a straight line. Using the magnet board, show how a rook can capture another rook.

      Move the BLACK rook to a new place on the board that can capture WHITE. Ask the children if the BLACK rook can capture the WHITE rook. Repeat several times, sometimes moving the BLACK rook where it CANNOT capture the WHITE rook. If the children answer incorrectly, explain/show why the BLACK rook can/cannot capture the WHITE rook.

      Now set the giant WHITE rook far out in the field in a straight line from the board. (Demo before having the children do the following steps.) Have each child take a turn running out with one rook and “capturing” the other rook. They should run back with the captured piece. The next child will reverse colors to capture the rook. Repeat until every child has 1-2 turns. Encourage the children to high five and cheer for each other.

      Variation 1:

      If the children seem bored with the magnet demo, skip ahead to the running game.

      Variation 2:

      To help students understand that the rook captures forwards, backwards, and side to side; ask them to walk forwards, backwards, and side to side to reinforce that point. Also put other pieces out there of the same and opposite color of the rook to reinforce two things: 1) the rook can capture something other than another rook, and 2) the rook can only capture the other team’s pieces. 

      Description for Parents

      First, the coach reviewed how the rook can move using the magnetic teaching chessboard. Then the children got to practice capturing pieces using the giant rook.