On February 16, 8 students (5 boys and 3 girls) attended chess club in the cafeteria. I learned that it is harder for blindfolded students to move like a bishop than a rook. Objectives: Students will work in trainer-trainee groups on the bishop section of chapter 5 of Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.They will fill out their trainer-trainee worksheets, featured in People, Places, Checkmates: Teaching Social Studies with Chess. They may then go on to another section of chapter 5, or go over a previously played chess game (post mortem).
Materials needed: Our bin of chess supplies and a place to hang my demonstration board.
Procedure: Start class promptly at 3:45.
1) Blindfold square game: one half of the class against another. For 3 points: name color of the square. For 1 point: your bishop is on xx square on an empty board. Tell how to get it to yy square calling out your moves in algebraic notation. Each student can answer two questions for their side of the room. Based on pages 17-19 of Read, Write, Checkmate: Enrich Literacy with Chess Activities.
3) Talent show practice: We moved like chessmen outdoors.
4) Trainer-Trainee day
a) must cover the bishop section of the trainer-trainee manual
b) can cover one additional section of the trainer's choice (may ask trainee for his or her preference of what to cover)
c) also possible to go over a past game (post mortem)
5) Pack up supplies at 4:50 p.m.