Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Magnetic board with king pieces
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how the king moves
      General Objective(s):
      • Recognize the movement pattern
      • Enhance coordination

      Using the magnetic board, explain (and show) how the king can move one space any direction. Do a few moves and ask students to yell if it is ok to move that way (do 1 or 2 wrong). Depending on the number of children, you can let them practice moving the king on the magnet board.
      You can use the phrase, “right next door,” i.e., “the king can move any space right next door.”

      Now get active! Ask each child to be a king. Set them up in the room at least arm’s width away from each other. Tell them to hop forward, right, back, etc., practicing moving like a king. The children especially like it when you make sound effects: Coach says, “Move forward one step, BAM!” and all the children would repeat “BAM!” Coach: “Wave your left arm… now move one step left, BAM!” and all the children would repeat “BAM!”, etc.

      Description for Parents

      The children learned that the king can move one space in any direction and pretended to be kings themselves.