Teaching with Chess

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Teaching with Chess is one of the most unique ways to teach feudalism in medieval Europe. Combined with the fun of learning one of the oldest, most played games in the world, students will learn about how the history influenced the game as well as how the game is a reminder of history.

First, watch this video lesson. It is just under 15 minutes long and describes historical events and people from medieval Europe. Deliver the information from the video yourself or show it to your students. Then set up the chess boards for a unique feudalism simulation.

Students will learn about the development of feudalism and the role it played in western Europe while playing the game. No other feudalism activity could be easier and is actually the same game that people from history have enjoyed for centuries.


What’s Included:

  • Teaching with Chess video (mp4 format)
  • Chess pieces’ blank notes for student use
  • How the pieces move student instructions
  • How to setup the chessboard
  • Sample lesson plan
  • Student summary


This lesson is based on the idea that you will allow students to play the game of chess. Game instructions are included for students who have never played as well as a summary for students to complete.

I recommend that you purchase enough chess sets so students can play the game in pairs – meaning only two students per board. Students will learn the most if they are actually able to manipulate the pieces and experience the game play. Inexpensive chess sets can be purchased in many stores and online.


Need help setting up the chessboard? Check out my quick video .

I also have a quick video about the Movements of the Chess Pieces .

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