Chess Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about chess. Students will answer questions about two texts, explain how to set up a chess board and describe how to play using correct terminology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on chess, students will be able to:

  • Cite text evidence when answering questions about the text
  • Summarize how to set up a chess board and how to move the chess pieces
  • Use appropriate vocabulary to describe the chess pieces and game play


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


  • bishop
  • castling
  • check
  • checkmate
  • chess
  • draw
  • en passant
  • king
  • knight
  • opponent
  • pawn
  • pawn promotion
  • queen
  • rook
  • strategy


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