Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board
  • Magnet board with bishop piece
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Demonstrate how a bishop moves
      General Objective(s):
      • Demonstrate what a diagonal line is
      • Improve gross motor skills
      • Exercise

      Ask if any of the children know what a diagonal is. Show them diagonal on the big board. Ask the children to form a line, then take turns running the diagonal.

      After a few runs, you can add in:
      fly the diagonal
      elephant walk
      side step

      After finishing, pull out magnet board and show them the bishop on the board in starting position. Show how the bishop can move any diagonal as many spaces as it wants, but only one direction per turn. Show several moves, some correct and some incorrect, while asking “Can the bishop move like this?” Students will call out “Yes” or “No.”  

      Description for Parents

      We talked about the meaning of ‘diagonal’, and then we all took turns racing across the board diagonally like a bishop.