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Type: Investigation

Theme: Puzzles and Games

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will recognize that games contain rules and structure, which are very much like the rules and structure found in mathematics.


For this investigation each student will:

  1. Play at least three chess games online or with a friend or family member. You are not required to finish slow chess games. However, at least 10 moves should be made per game (unless the game is over sooner!).
  2. Students will take notes on each game and answer the following questions. Notes will be submitted through the assignment. Use full sentences and correct grammar.
    1. What was my first move?
    2. What was my opponent’s first move?
    3. What strategies did I use?
    4. What mistakes did I make?
  3. Explanation You must also write one paragraph (at least three sentences) to the following question: How are the pieces ranked or valued and why?


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can look for and make use of structure.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Cause and Effect


Roman's Chess Project