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

In this engaging lesson titled "Rook," preschool students will embark on an exciting journey into the world of chess, focusing specifically on one of its most powerful pieces - the rook. Within the "Pieces - How They Move and Capture" chapter, this lesson forms a foundational part of the "GAME BASICS" unit, aiming to introduce young learners to the strategic game of chess in a fun and interactive way.

Students will learn about the unique movements and capturing abilities of the rook. Through activities such as "Chess: How Rook Moves and Captures," they'll discover how the rook can move horizontally and vertically across the chessboard, but not diagonally, which sets it apart from other chess pieces. The "Rooks Bingo Worksheet" and "How Rooks Capture Worksheet" will further reinforce this knowledge through engaging exercises that promote critical thinking and spatial awareness.

Understanding how the rook moves and captures is fundamental for young learners as it not only introduces them to the basic principles of chess but also cultivates early strategic thinking skills. This knowledge lays the groundwork for developing problem-solving abilities and enhances cognitive development through the anticipation of the opponent's moves.

Estimated classroom time: 10 min
Chapter: Pieces - How They Move and Capture
Unit: GAME BASICS
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1st
4:00 min
Chess: How Rook Moves and Captures
video
2nd
3:00 min
Rooks Bingo Worksheet
worksheet
3rd
3:00 min
How Rooks Capture Worksheet
worksheet
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• ### Activity 2 / Rooks Bingo Worksheet

Now, can your child very accurately move the rook pieces over all of the correct squares in a game of chess? Do they know the moves a rook can make, and can they tell the ways that a rook cannot move? Look at the worksheet with your child. Ask them if all the pictures correctly show the ways a rook can move. Then, check the pictures which show only correct moves.

• ### Activity 3 / How Rooks Capture Worksheet

Chess requires skill, planned movements, and concentration from the players. In the game, players aim to capture chess pieces from the other player. And, they do this by strategically moving their own chess pieces. Your child knows how rooks move by now, but do they know how to use the pieces to capture enemy pieces? Look through the worksheet with your kids and circle all the pieces on the board that the rook can capture.