- Big chess board
- Small pieces (optional)
Students will be able to:
- Recall how different chess pieces move
- Paraphrase important chess concepts
- Improve coordination
- Demonstrate basic principles of geometry
- Enhance memory recall
This activity is best after the children have already completed several chess lessons, and works best with small groups. The coach directs each participant to find and stand on a particular square on the giant board, such as C3. Participants are asked a chess question, and if they answer correctly, they get to move to another square on the board. Questions can include:
- What is this piece called? (holding up a small piece)
- How does the ____ move?
- What piece is the most powerful piece in chess? [queen because it can move in any direction as many spaces as it can]
- What piece is the most important piece in chess? [the king, because it is the key to winning the game]
- What piece must you protect the most? [the king]
- What piece moves like _____?
- Any other question you can think of based on what you’ve learned and taught the students so far!
Have the students move like a chess piece from their current square to the next one (so if asked a question where the answer is “knight,” have them move like a knight). Use beanbags to help them find the direction.
Description for Parents
The coach directed each participant to find and stand on a particular square on the giant board, such as C3. Participants were asked a chess question, and if they answered correctly, they got to move to another square on the board. We learned a lot about chess coordinates!