Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • 4 giant knights
  • Small chessboards
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how the knight moves
      General Objective(s):
      • Recognize the knight’s pattern
      • Improve coordination
      Description:

      This game works well when it is used directly after completing Knight Movements.

      Set up the small chessboards to form a T. Have the students line up. Direct each student to carry a knight and hop-hop-right or hop-hop-left on the chess boards. Repeat a few times so that all the students have a chance to do both directions.

      Now repeat the exercise without the boards. All of the students can go at once. Alternate between the four knight sequences:
      hop-hop-right
      hop-hop-left
      left-hop-hop
      right-hop-hop

      You can do repeating patterns all the way across the play area, then turn around and do a different pattern back.

      Variation:

      Have all the children line up and practice hopping up and down the play space like a knight, with the whole class chanting along with you as they complete the movements: “hop-hop-right”, “hop-hop-left”, “right-hop-hop”, “left-hop-hop”

      Description for Parents

      All of the children got to BE the knight as they practiced moving in the different knight formations: hop-hop-left, hop-hop-right, right-hop-hop, and left-hop-hop.