Letters alive® Zoo Keeper Edition

supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

Who’s it for?
PreK and K Instruction
1st – 3rd grade Intervention
All ages for ELL and Special Education


What is Letters alive Zoo Keeper Edition?

Letters alive is a high-quality, supplemental reading and writing curriculum kit that incorporates multiple learning modalities and a cross-curricular approach to teach letters, letter sounds, word building, sentence building, and writing. Our early literacy program includes an evidence-based, supplemental curriculum that incorporates the Science of Reading (phonics) and is aligned to ELA Standards for Kindergarten. Letters alive will enhance your 21st Century Classroom and is easy to follow and implement. The full-year of lesson plans take your students on a zoo tour with 26 3D augmented reality animals; tying science in with literacy instruction. Your students will hear, see, touch, build, and speak while enjoying a positive and interactive learning experience that is proven to boost student engagement and increase literacy scores.

supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

What’s in the Kit?

  • Letters alive Zoo Keeper Edition 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?

  • Letter Recognition
  • Letter Sounds
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics Skills
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Word Building
  • Sentence Building
  • Punctuation Skills
  • Vocabulary Skills
  • Listening & Speaking Skills
  • Reading & Comprehension
  • Basic Colors
  • Word-Picture Association
  • Animal and Habitat Facts
  • 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.

See Full Study

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

supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

Letters alive in a
kindergarten classroom

Supplemental Reading Curriculum Kit for early learners

Mr. Greg | Kindergarten Teacher

Mr. Greg and Cynthia discuss how Letters alive
helps recover from learning loss.

See Greg’s 4-year Case Study

Letters alive in a
Pre-K classroom

ABC World News Now

Dallas, TX Pre-K Success Story

I can definitely attribute our kids learning the beginning stages of reading to Letters alive.”

Holly Hammond

Lawson Early Childhood Center

Distance 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

7 Education Technology Resources to Address Learning Loss

Webinar Replay 56-minutes
supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

Maggie Phillips
Former District Tech Integration Specialist and Teacher of the Year

Whether you’ve taught phonics for years or you’re new to it, Letters alive provides you literally everything you need to facilitate really high-quality learning for your students.”


Letters alive includes
supplemental reading and writing for Kindergarten

What are the NEW Zoo Keeper Lesson Plans?

education stabilization 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.

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

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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Here’s how to get started with
Letters alive Zoo Keeper Edition

Letters alive
Zoo Keeper Edition

Supplemental Reading
classroom kit

p/n 55500
per Classroom

*See below for optional printed Lesson Plans:

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* Add printed Zoo Keeper Lesson Plans

Set of 4 manuals printed for your
convenience and ease of use. Over 1,600 pages.

p/n 70410


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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
Letters alive Independent Research
Letters alive Greg Smedley kindergarten
Letters alive Jim Cupit Philly Headstart

System Requirements for our Software

  • Operating System: Win 7 (or higher) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
  • Processor: Intel i5 or better or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Graphics Requirements:
        – OpenGL 4.1 (or better) MUST HAVE the most recent graphics driver for your system. (You can download this for free online.)
        – 512MB or higher RAM
  • Supported Graphic Cards:
    – NVIDIA or Radeon Discrete graphics
    – or Intel HD graphics 4400 or better

  • Operating System: Mac OS including Catalina and Big Sur
  • Processor: Intel i5 or better and M1
  • RAM: 8GB or higher