# Pawn - Lesson for Preschool, Chapter - Pieces - How They Move and Capture

In the lesson titled "Pawn," preschool students will embark on an engaging journey to discover the fundamentals of how pawns move and capture within the game of chess. This lesson is a crucial component of the "GAME BASICS" unit, specifically under the chapter "Pieces - How They Move and Capture."

Through a variety of interactive activities, including "Chess: How Pawn Moves and Captures," "How Pawns Move: Part I Worksheet," "How Pawns Move: Part II Worksheet," and "How Pawns Capture Worksheet," students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the unique abilities of pawns. They will learn that pawns move forward one square at a time, but capture diagonally, which is a foundational aspect of chess strategy.

Understanding the movement and capturing rules of pawns is vital for young learners as it not only introduces them to the strategic depth of chess but also enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, and planning skills. These cognitive abilities are crucial for their overall intellectual development and can be applied in various aspects of their academic and personal lives. Through this lesson, students are not just learning about a game piece; they are also building a foundation for logical reasoning and strategic thinking.

Estimated classroom time: 13 min
Chapter: Pieces - How They Move and Capture
Unit: GAME BASICS
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1st
4:00 min
Chess: How Pawn Moves and Captures
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2nd
3:00 min
How Pawns Move: Part I Worksheet
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3rd
3:00 min
How Pawns Move: Part II Worksheet
worksheet
4th
3:00 min
How Pawns Capture Worksheet
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• ### Activity 2 / How Pawns Move: Part I Worksheet

Explain to your students how pawns can move in chess. The pawn can move along the file, only forward, and for only one square at a time. However, the first move a pawn can make is restricted to just one or two squares forward. In this worksheet, ask your child to put an X to show the correct move for each pawn. At the end of the exercise, your child should be more skilled at moving pawns.

• ### Activity 3 / How Pawns Move: Part II Worksheet

The pawns are the first line of attack in a game of chess. Also, they are the most pieces assigned to each player. Pawns cannot jump over other pieces. Also, if there is any piece in the pawn’s way, the pawn will be unable to move and will be blocked as long as that piece stays there. In this worksheet, ask your child to put an X to show all the moves the pawns whose paths are not blocked can make.

• ### Activity 4 / How Pawns Capture Worksheet

If your child has a bit of experience with the rules guiding chess playing, they would know that pawns are one of the chess pieces that have very limited moves open to them. However, pawns can still capture enemy pieces in front of them on the diagonal. In this worksheet, ask your child to circle all the places that the pawns can capture in one move.