Time Required:

5-10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • None
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how each chess piece moves
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve coordination
      • Enhance rhythm
      Description:

      Teach the children piece movement through a “Teddy bear Teddy bear” style game. (See below.)

      Clap your hands and recite the words in a sing-songy voice. Show them how to move and pause your clapping/singing to let them mimic you. As you say the movement words, you should also move your body. The movements are written in brackets below. The bracketed words should not be spoken aloud.
      Repeat the song and movements with the children 2-3 times.

      [clapping]
      [1]
      Chess piece, chess piece,
      How do you move?
      Chess piece, chess piece
      Get in the groove!

      [2]
      Pawn pawn
      Take 2 steps [take 2 big steps forward]
      Pawn pawn
      Now take 1 [take 1 big step forward]

      [3]
      Knight knight
      Hop, hop, left [hop forward on each “hop” and hop left on “left”]
      Knight knight
      Hop, hop, right… [hop forward on each “hop” and hop right on “right”]
      And make a horsey sound! [neigh]

      [4]
      Rook rook
      Go in a straight line [shuffle your feet forward and move arms like a choo-choo train. You can also make a shuffling noise like “shu-shu-shu-shu-shu”]
      Bishop bishop
      Diagonal line [shuffle your feet diagonally left or right and move arms like a choo-choo train. You can also make a shuffling noise like “shu-shu-shu-shu-shu”]

      [5]
      King king
      Take 1 step [take 1 big step forward]
      Queen queen
      Take any steps! [run to the finish or back to the beginning]

      [6]
      Chess piece, chess piece,
      How do you move?
      Chess piece, chess piece
      Get in the groove!

      Example of “Teddy bear Teddy bear”:

       

      Description for Parents

      We sang and danced to a rhythmic chant similar to “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,” but this was all about how the different chess pieces move!