The third grade program aims for further progression of Spanish by introducing students to more sophisticated grammar structures as well as continuing to expand their vocabulary base. Students begin to express themselves in the first and second person for the first time. In the third grade, students continue to build on the listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills they have developed in previous years. Students use Spanish to communicate with their teacher and with each other, often about their own lives or about stories they invent in class.
At this point, students start to become aware of elements of Spanish grammar structure. Class conversations about grammar structure begin to occur, with students noticing differences between grammar structures in English and Spanish and verbalizing those distinctions.Third graders express themselves and communicate in complete sentences in Spanish. Students expand their understanding and ability to communicate in Spanish through thematic units based on school, friends and family, sports, clothing, places, leisure activities, food, and the calendar.
Students continue to learn Spanish through the use of storytelling and the Symtalk characters, however the characters now appear older, and new characters Alan, Isabel, Señora Lopez, Señor Lopez, Señor Pérez, Señora Pérez are introduced. Students continue to become more familiar with the sounds of Spanish and their pronunciation continues to improve as well. Students demonstrate their learning by telling stories in class about Pablo and his amigos. They also act, sing, draw, play languages games, and write sentences and stories about the Symtalk characters.
Third grade students continue to communicate in the third person singular and they also learn to conjugate verbs in the first and second person. Additional verbs taught in the third grade include: costar (to cost), escribir (to write), escuchar (to listen), hablar (to speak), leer (to read), llevar (to wear/bring), nadar (to swim), and ser (to be). They also learn the word “hay” (“there is” and “there are”).
Third graders also play many active games throughout the year that serve to reinforce vocabulary and give students both interpretive and communicative practice such as ¡Explicalo! (Explain it!), ¡Tócalo! (Touch it!), Pictionary, Charades, Simon Dice (Simon Says) and Alrededor del Mundo (Around the World). Playing games also helps third graders to practice good listening skills when directions are given, as well as good sportsmanship during competitive games.