Common Core Standards K-5 Language Arts

Common Core State Standards Connections
Language Arts

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Research shows that to become more skilled and confident readers and communicators, students need multiple and diverse opportunities to build essential skills. The anchor standards address the skills and understandings that all students must demonstrate.

Reading: Foundational Skills (K-1) § Students identify and use upper and lower case letters CC: Using the algebraic grid and the letter designations for each piece, students use letters to identify and communicate positions on the chessboard.
Reading: Craft and Structure   (K-5) Students use new words in oral and written language; students recognize multiple meanings of words. CC: The language of chess includes the special use of familiar words, such as forks, pins, skewers. Students read these words in books and use them in game analyses.
Reading: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (K-5) Students use strategies to gain better understanding:
(1) Make predictions.
(2) Recognize cause-and-effect relationships.
(3) Interpret information from diagrams.

CC: Chess requires many of the same skills that are needed for good comprehension. Playing chess gives students new and varied opportunities to:
(1) Make predictions within opening or endgame patterns.

(2) Recognize that moves may cause specific reactions. Sometimes effects are predictable; sometimes they’re not, but the relationship is clear.

(3) “Read” the chessboard diagrams during play and in chess books. They learn to identify advantages, candidate moves, short-term tactical plays and long-range strategies.

Speaking and Listening


Students practice communication skills:
(1) Ask and answer questions.
(2) Display turn-taking behavior.
(3) Volunteer and solicit comments and opinions.
(4) Cite and clarify rationale.
(5) Actively listen and demonstrate knowledge gathered from others or a variety of media.

CC: Chess activities require good communication skills. Although there may be little give and take across the chessboard, improving chess skills requires students to: (1) Ask and answer questions related to classic games or their own games.

(2) Take turns during play and during group analysis.
(3) Listen to or question the opinion of others rationally

(4) Clearly explain the rationale behind their moves.
(5) Use a variety of




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