Time Required:

5 minutes

Tools Required:
  • Big chess board (optional)
      Chess Objective(s):

      Students will be able to:

      • Recall how each chess piece moves
      General Objective(s):
      • Develop rhythm
      • Improve fine motor skills
      Description:

      Sing with the children sitting on the giant board, and use finger movements. This is sung to the tune of Thumbkin (see below). Repeat 2-3 times, depending on the children’s interest. You can speed up as you go, sing in a silly voice, etc.

      [1 –thumb]
      Where is rook, where is rook? 
      Here I am, here I am
      How do you mo-ove?
      In a straight line
      Now go play, now go play

      [2 -first finger]
      Where is bishop, where is bishop?
      Here I am, here I am
      How do you mo-ove?
      In a diagonal
      Now go play, now go play

      [3- middle finger – touch to thumb]
      Where is King, where is King?
      Here I am, here I am
      How do you mo-ove?
      One square at a time
      Now go play, now go play

      [4 -ring finger – touch to thumb]
      Where is Knight, where is Knight?
      Here I am, here I am
      How do you mo-ove?
      Hop-hop-change
      Now go play, now go play

      [5 –pinky]
      Where is Pawn, where is Pawn?
      Here I am, here I am
      How do you mo-ove?
      Only forward
      Now go play, now go play

      [6 – wave all fingers together, like a bye-bye]
      Where is Queen, where is Queen?
      Here I am, here I am
      How do you mo-ove?
      Like rook and bishop
      Now go play, now go play 

      Thumbkin tune:

      Description for Parents

      We sang a chess song all about chess piece movements similar to “Where is Thumbkin?”.