Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Bean bags
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Identify columns and rows
      General Objective(s):
      • Describe geometric concepts

      Point out that the big board has rows (walk along it) and columns (walk along it). Count off the numbers and read the letters – encourage the children to read them with you.  Tell the children that we’re going to stand on the side of the board and try to toss our bean bags into __ column or __ row (set a few bean bags there to show them).  Give each kid several bean bags to throw (you can spread them out at their feet). Repeat, this time for a different column or for a row. 

      The children can retrieve their bean bags after the throw. Recommended: call out one color bean bag at a time, or call children by a clothing detail (“everyone with a red shirt, get your bean bag!”) to prevent children running into each other.

      Variation 1:

      Let the children take turns picking the column or row for everyone to throw to.

      Variation 2:

      Ask the children to throw at a particular square, such as B4.

      Description for Parents

      We noticed the lettering and numbering along the sides of the giant board. Then we practiced throwing bean bags at specific columns, rows, and squares, such as E5.