Zoo U: An Evidence-based SEL Game for Students in Grades 2-4

Zoo U

Do you work with students who need to improve social emotional skills? You can help them with Zoo U®, an online game developed with funding from the US Department of Education and used by 1000’s of educators across the country.

In the program, students work towards mastery of six key social and emotional skills: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.

Note: Zoo U is one of five programs in our online, SEL curriculum.

The Zoo U Student Experience

After students log in, they create an avatar to represent their character in the game. This avatar gives the students a sense of agency and encourages them to make choices in the game that are similar to how they behave in the real world.

In each scene, students decide how to communicate and interact with the other characters. Each of the dialog choices is read aloud, and students make decisions about what to say and also the tone of voice to use. But even if they don’t get it right the first time, students can replay a scene multiple times as they work to improve and master the skill.

“In eight years as a school counselor, very rarely have I found a program that I feel is worth the time and investment. I piloted Zoo U, and am very impressed with the data report that targets individual needs. I’m planning to get funds to use Zoo U with more of my students.”

Matthew Tolliver, President, West Virginia School Counselor Association

Getting Started is Easy

From you Centervention dashboard, you will create an account for each of your students, assign them to the Zoo U program, and monitor their progress as they work through the program.

After each student completes six short scenes at the beginning of the game, you can access a personalized report that identifies their strengths and weaknesses. Students then continue on to play 30 skill builder scenes, and as they practice within the game, they improve real life social emotional learning!

The entire Zoo U social skills game takes 10-15 hours to complete; however, we encourage you to have students play one or two times a week for approximately 30 minutes per session. This will allow them to reflect on what they have learned during each scene and integrate their newly acquired skills. And at that rate, students will complete the entire intervention over the course of a semester or by the end of the school year.

After students complete a scene, Principal Wild, the quirky but helpful school administrator, provides positive and constructive feedback on their choices.

In addition to the learning students experience in the game, we also provide supplemental SEL lessons that can be used one-on-one with the student or in small group sessions.

Educators: It’s Quick and Easy to Get Started!

You can use Zoo U and our other online SEL programs with an unlimited number of students for free for 30 days by requesting an educator account below!

Already Have an educator account? You can log in at: app.centervention.com

Students with valid accounts can log in at: student.centervention.com

Parents and Homeschool Educators

You can purchase Zoo U for use at home here