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Somos 1 Unit 3

The Somos Curriculum for Novice learners

Beginner (Level 1), Novice (Levels 1-2)

Energize your classes with this story-based unit for the early weeks of Spanish 1!


  • opens the door
  • never closes
  • it's [8] o'clock


El canal de Panamá


  • warm-up activities
  • instructions for introducing vocabulary
  • discussion questions
  • a story script
  • story activities
  • a writing activity
  • a reading assessment
  • a song lyrics activity
  • a slideshow (Google Slides format)
  • Two ClipChat scripts, simplified texts, and comprehension activities
  • an illustrated slideshow about the Panama Canal
  • reading worksheets and comprehension activities for videos
  • An interactive game with facts about Panama
  • answer keys
  • detailed lesson plans
  • a complete unit overview with abbreviated daily plans, can-do statements, World Readiness standards, Common Core alignment, AP themes, Essential questions, and Proficiency Orientation

All slideshow presentations are editable and compatible with Google Slides.

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The Somos Curriculum® is a Proficiency-oriented curriculum for Novice and Intermediate Spanish learners that is designed for middle and high school courses. Instruction in The Somos Curriculum® focuses on language acquisition or implicit language development rather than explicit teaching and practice of grammar and vocabulary. Lessons are highly communicative and conducted primarily in the target language. 

With detailed daily lesson plans, target-language scripts, tutorials for making input comprehensible, student activities, assessments, and suggestions for differentiation, The Somos Curriculum® is the most complete Spanish curriculum on the market, and it is no surprise that it is used in more than 100,000 language classrooms worldwide.

  • Learn more about the Somos Curriculum here
  • Click here to view the Somos 1 Curriculum Map. 
  • The Somos Curriculum can be purchased individually, in bundles, or as a complete set. To view all the options click here
  • This is one of my favorite units in somos. This is the unit where I see real growth in language acquisition start to happen. Students begin to feel really confident as their comprehension grows with this unit! ¡Gracias!

    Rebecca Hines
  • Not only has SOMOS curriculum proven to maintain my kiddos engaged, but their ACQUISITION has gone through the roof in comparison to my old ways. Love them!

    Alma M.
  • Another great unit from SOMOS! My students enjoyed learning about the canals. I also love that these units come with some sort of assessment. Makes my job a lot easier!

    Jenny P.
  • I love using the traditional SOMOS plans and this one is no exception. This unit offers great stories to teach the Core vocabulary and the cultural element. These plans have clear instructions and provide rich content for language learners.

    Maria T.
  • Such a great unit! The students are always intrigued by the Toc Toc movie talk, and they also enjoy the additional Simon the Cat story. Thanks!

    K L.

Somos 1 Unit 3


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