Time Required:

5-10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Magnet board with a few pawn magnets
  • 1 or 2 other magnets (except king)
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how pawns move
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve fine motor skills
      • Contrast moving straight forward to moving diagonally forward
      • Enhance visualization skills

      Set up the magnet board with just a few pawns. Ask if they remember how a pawn moves (1 space forward). Show them.

      Then tell them that on the *first move only*, the pawn can move 1 space OR 2 spaces! Show them.

      Let the children take turns moving the pawns correctly.

      Then put another piece on the board in a capture position from a pawn. Explain that the pawn captures (or “takes”) 1 space diagonally! Show them.

      Practice putting the piece in several locations, mostly where pawn can capture but a few where it can’t. Ask the children to tell you whether the pawn can take the other piece each time. Do at least one where the piece is in the wrong direction for the pawn to capture, so the pawn can’t capture because it would not be moving *forward.*

      If the class is interested and well-behaved, let them practice capturing. Otherwise, move on to a quick review (below) and then the next game.

      Quick review: 
      – How does the pawn move on the FIRST MOVE? 1 or 2 spaces forward
      – How does the pawn move on the NEXT MOVES? 1 space forward
      – How does the pawn TAKE or capture another piece? 1 space diagonally

      Description for Parents

      We used a teaching chess board to review Pawn movements. The children took turns on the magnetic board to move the pawn. The children learned that Pawns only move forward, and can only “take” or capture moving diagonally.