# Let's Practice Checkmates! - Lesson for Kindergarten, Chapter - Purpose of the Game

In "Let's Practice Checkmates!" kindergarteners will embark on a fascinating journey to uncover the ultimate goal of the game of chess: executing a checkmate. Through engaging activities like "Practicing Checkmates" and a series of "One Move Checkmates" puzzle worksheets, students will not only learn how to recognize checkmate scenarios but also how to cleverly achieve them using just a single move.

This lesson is crucial because it introduces young learners to critical thinking and strategy planning at an early age, skills that are highly beneficial both inside and outside the classroom. By solving the one-move checkmate puzzles, students will enhance their problem-solving abilities, improve their attention to detail, and develop patience and persistence. These puzzles are specifically designed to be accessible to kindergarteners, ensuring they grasp the basic concepts of checkmate while also having fun.

Understanding the purpose of the game through this lesson will lay a solid foundation for their future chess learning, fostering a love for the game and encouraging continuous improvement. This early introduction to strategic thinking and goal setting is invaluable, setting our kindergarteners on a path to becoming thoughtful, analytical thinkers.

Estimated classroom time: 16 min
Chapter: Purpose of the Game
Unit: GAME BASICS
Click on any activity below to start learning.
1st
4:00 min
Practicing Checkmates
video
2nd
3:00 min
One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 1 Worksheet
worksheet
3rd
3:00 min
One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 2 Worksheet
worksheet
4th
3:00 min
One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 3 Worksheet
worksheet
5th
3:00 min
One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 4 Worksheet
worksheet
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• ### Activity 2 / One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 1 Worksheet

Critical thinking and logic skills are paramount when it comes to working with higher-level math. Let this age-appropriate puzzle PDF worksheet challenge your budding mathematician as they incorporate strategy, visual-spatial skills, logic and critical thinking to figure out how to checkmate their opponent. They'll also work on fine motor skills as they check off the appropriate solution box, and work on tracking, which is also an important reading skill.

• ### Activity 3 / One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 2 Worksheet

It's hard to fine-tune logic and critical thinking skills, but this free downloadable PDF will let your little logistician practice strategizing and working with visual-spatial relationships as she seeks to checkmate the black king. Tracking and directionality are also important reading skills, so this challenging puzzle offers lots of brain-building opportunities in a unique and fun way.

• ### Activity 4 / One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 3 Worksheet

If you're looking for a challenging but age-appropriate way to work on building critical thinking and strategy skills, this inviting puzzle worksheet is just the thing! Your little logistician will plot ways to checkmate the black king, and then using the given answer choices, be able to check that they've strategized appropriately. It's such a unique way to build critical thinking skills, they won't even know they're building their brains!

• ### Activity 5 / One Move Checkmates: Puzzle 4 Worksheet

Want to challenge your little logistician to strengthen critical thinking, strategy and visual-spatial relationship skills? This engaging PDF worksheet is just the ticket then! Your student will plot to overtake and checkmate the king, and then using the given answer choices, will be able to tell if they've appropriately strategized. Critical thinking and logic skills are important for problem-solving in higher-level math, so starting with something fun and engaging is the way to go!