Letters alive® Zoo Keeper 8.0

supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

Who’s it for?
PreK and K Instruction
1st – 2nd grade Intervention
All ages for ELL and Special Education

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What is Letters alive Zoo Keeper 8.0?

Letters alive is a super-engaging, supplemental early literacy learning kit that uses 3D Augmented Reality animals to get students excited and motivated to learn. Our patented resources facilitate social learning through collaborative and novel technology. Teachers lead their students through the Alive Studios Zoo to learn about our 26 animals while building solid foundations for reading success.

Letters alive brings all five components of the Science of Reading to life and is proven by independent research to increase engagement, support classroom management, and improve outcomes. Your students will hear, see, touch, build, and speak while enjoying a thrilling and joy-filled learning environment.

Included is a full-year of Zoo Keeper Lesson Plans that support Pre-K learning and are aligned to Kindergarten State Standards. Letters alive can also be easily differentiated for teacher-led intervention, ELL, and for Special Education.

What’s in the Kit?

  • Letters alive Zoo Keeper 8.0 software on flash drive – One user license for single computer
  • Zoo Keeper Lesson Plans
  • 26 Alphabet cards
  • 97 PreK and Kindergarten sight word cards
  • 84 Word Family cards (blends, digraphs, rimes)
  • 25.5″x 22″ Zoo Map Poster
  • 22″ x 25.5″ Alphabet Poster
  • 26 Alphabet Letter Posters
  • Ipevo USB Doc Cam and extension stand
  • Tracking mat for cards
  • Card sorting box
  • Training videos
  • Student Progress Monitoring (60-Day trial)
supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

What skills will my students learn?

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Sight Words including Colors
  • Letter Sounds
  • Sentence Building
  • Listening & Speaking Skills
  • Punctuation Skills
  • Phonics Skills
  • Reading & Comprehension
  • Letter Recognition
  • Vocabulary Skills
  • Word Building
  • Animal and Habitat Facts
  • Handwriting
  • Social-Emotional Skills

Independent Research Proves It!

  • increase in letter naming fluency
    This was a 2x gain over non-users.
  • increase in letter sound fluency
    This was a 4x gain over non-users.

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Study by Tamra Ogletree, Ph.D / University of Georgia

“Letters alive brings all five components of the Science of Reading to life and is proven by independent research.”

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Letters alive includes

supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

What are the NEW Zoo Keeper Lesson Plans?

Boost your literacy block to new heights with this magical Zoo Tour! Aligned to kindergarten ELA standards, this supplemental curriculum for Letters alive® is simple for teachers and powerful for students.

Zoo Keeper Lesson Plans Overview

Teacher Field Guide

This colorful, printed Teacher Field Guide is designed to make your lesson planning a breeze. It will be your at-a-glance overview and scope and sequence for our Zoo Keeper ABC Boot Camp and our Animal a Week Lesson Plans. The guide also includes a poster-sized Zoo Map and Alphabet Chart. This easy-to-follow guide will make choosing the lessons you want to include in your literacy block easier than ever.

Zoo Keeper ABC Boot Camp™ – 6 Weeks
  • Developed with The Kindergarten Smorgasboard™
  • Introduces one letter, one letter sound, and one animal each day
  • 500+ pages in digital PDF format
  • Focuses on letter sounds and letter recognition
  • Includes 12 Alphabet & Phonemic Awareness Literacy Center options
  • Includes 26 Letter Books
  • Has 26 Predictable Readers
  • Can be used to launch your school year, as a Summer Program, or at a slower pace for kindergarten readiness
  • Videos of Mr. Greg modeling best practices

Animal a Week Lesson Plans™ – 26 Weeks
  • 26 weeks of zoo-themed lessons with interactive animals from Letters alive
  • 1,000+ pages in digital PDF format
  • Daily skill-based activity options aligned to Kindergarten ELA Standards (and TEKS)
  • Over 400 Literacy Center activities within five center choices: Alphabet, Phonemic Awareness, Writing Work, Reading to self / to friends, and Word Work
  • Ties in science with 100’s of animal/habitat-themed activities
  • 26 Habitat and Animal Fact Sheets
  • 12 STEM Activities
  • 25.5” x 22” Zoo Map Poster
  • 22” x 25.5” Alphabet Chart Poster
  • 26 rhyming stories featuring each animal with a social/emotional growth skill

Digital (PDF) Zoo Keeper Lesson plans are included with Letters alive.

You can also purchase a printed set of Lesson Plans for convenience.

Your Zoo Keeper ABC Boot Camp, Boot Camp Centers, Animal a Week Lesson Plans, and Animal a Week Literacy Centers will come printed and 3-hole punched for easy lesson planning and photocopying. Includes over 1,600 pages of instruction.

Optional Printed Lesson Plans
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supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

Letters alive in a
kindergarten classroom

Supplemental Reading Curriculum Kit for early learners

Mr. Greg | Kindergarten Teacher

Overview and discussion of Letters alive in the Classroom.

See Greg’s 4-year Case Study

Letters alive in a
Pre-K classroom

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Dallas, TX Pre-K Success Story

Remote Learning that
Keeps Students Highly-Engaged

Watch Adam Peterson teaching
remotely with Letters alive.
Teacher Testimonial

Letters alive is the perfect tool for engaging my 3 to 5 year old students! Pairing the letters to an animal name is a great strategy, and when you couple that with the 3D animals and sounds you get a mind-boggling experience your students will crave!”

~ Adam Peterson
EarlyEd Teacher

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Letters alive Zoo Keeper 8.0

Letters alive
Zoo Keeper 8.0

Supplemental Reading
classroom kit

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per Classroom

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Includes a 60-Day Trial with our partner, ESGI

for In-Class or Remote student progress monitoring!

One-on-One Assessments

A simple and secure assessment platform for conducting one-on-one assessments (highly used at pre-K, TK, kindergarten, and first grade levels). Use the pre-loaded tests, or create your own assessments, to quickly gather student performance data and automatically generate multiple reports and personalized parent letters.

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Supporting Resources (PDFs)

Letters alive Kindergarten ELA Standards Alignment
Letters alive Kindergarten TEKS Alignment
Alive Studios Alignment with The Creative Curriculum for Preschool
CLASS Alive Studios Crosswalk
Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Alignment
Letters alive Independent Research
Letters alive Greg Smedley kindergarten
Letters alive Jim Cupit Philly Headstart