"How do you play chess?" "When was chess invented?" "Will you teach us how to play?"
These are some of the questions that my South Bronx fourth graders constantly pepper me with.
The children that I teach attend a Title I school where over 90% of the student population receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.
The students in my class are a very inquisitive bunch. They have expressed an interest in learning how to play chess. I would like to nurture this interest and teach my students how to play chess.
As my students learn how to play chess, they will also be learning how to think and solve problems analytically and critically. They also will be learning how to take turns, follow the rules and learn how to win and accept failure.
I am requesting 20 chess sets for my students. These sets also include checkers so that the students who are unfamiliar with this game will be able to learn how to play from their classmates. At the end of the school year, these chess and checker sets will be given to the students so that they can teach family members and friends how to play the game.
These chess and checker sets will not only teach my students critical and analytical thinking skills, they will also provide them with educationally fun "free time."
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