Time Required:

10 minutes

Tools Required:
  • 4 giant rooks
  • Magnet board with 4 magnet rooks 
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate rook movement 
      General Objective(s):
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Enhance coordination

      Using the magnet board, explain and demonstrate how the rook can move in a straight line, one direction per move (forward, backward, or side to side). Show the rook moving in a straight line and ask the students, “Can the rook move like this?” Ask them to answer “Yes” or “No.” Repeat this a few times, moving the rook incorrectly 1 or 2 times. 

      Ask the students to line up and take turns moving any of the 4 rooks, then run to the back of line. Keep it quickly moving, repeat a few times. 

      After doing this on the magnet board, repeat on the big board.


      Do on just magnet board or just big board.

      Description for Parents

      We talked about how the rook can move straight in any direction from where it starts. The children took turns moving the piece in a straight line in any direction. Each child would move the piece from where it was left by the last child. We talked about moving the rook forward, backward, and side to side.