Teacher Resources

Below, you’ll find both free and paid resources to pair with Old Tracks, New Tricks.

Keep checking back; we’ll be adding resources regularly!

Train Track Veggie Stack

A fun way to get kids excited about vegetables through train play! Read the blog post at Play Trains! with several ideas for combining these two different toys, and then download a FREE printable poster to inspire your students to play in new ways.

Literacy Activities

This FREE packet includes nouns, adjectives, verbs, prediction and short and long vowels. The worksheets can be used as morning work, homework, for centers or review. Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Journal Pages

This is a free set of journal pages inspired by the book “Old Tracks, New Tricks”. The file contains 8 writing pages that will inspire your students to write new adventures for the book’s characters. Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Block Center

This product includes ideas for students to build and explore using the tracks and trains. It also includes a recording sheet for students to show how they played with the blocks each day. (PreK, K) Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Writing Responses

This FREEBIE includes five writing activities designed for use with the book, Old Tracks, New Tricks, written by Jessica Petersen. Students write about the author’s message, problem and solution, sequence of events, and MORE! (1, 2, 3) Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Word Search

In this word search students will find hidden words and spell a few rhyming words as well. (K, 1, 2) Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Initial Letter Match

This free download is linked to the theme of trains and is perfect to accompany the story Old Tracks, New Tricks. This resource will encourage students to match two train tracks together to match the letters to the images that have the same initial letter. (K,1) Click here for this FREE printable.

Sample: Tracks the Track Shape Activity

This is a sample from the Math and Literacy Pack that includes a Trace the Track shape recognition activity. (PreK, K) Click here for the FREE printable.

Railroad Track Group Drawings

This art activity is perfect to accompany the book Old Tracks, New Tricks. Working in groups, students will use wooden train tracks to design a track layout, then trace the tracks and add their own creative details such as train stations, parks, ponds, etc. Click here for the FREE printable. You can also read Art is Basic’s blog post about this activity.

Design Your Own Train Set

Click here for the FREE printable for classroom use.

Train Tracks Final Consonants

This FREEBIE contains images from the book and is a great way to work on final consonants after reading the book. Your students will love how the images on the pages/mats match the book! (PreK, K, 1, 2)

Train Tracks Final Consonants

This product was designed to target common phonological processes. There are pages to target the following processes: final consonant deletion, cluster reduction (initial sblends), stopping, and velar fronting. There are also visual cues for final consonants and s blends. (PreK, K, 1, 2)

Extension Activities

Click here for the FREE printable for classroom use.

Growth Mindset and Creative Thinking Tracker: With Old Tracks, New Tricks

A great way to practice growth mindset and creative thinking skills with students! Use these simple habit trackers for students to mark each square when they demonstrate the skills of perseverance, creativity, bouncing back from failure, trying something new, goal setting, and flexible thinking. (PreK, K, 1, 2, 3) Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks New Tricks Creative Fun Mats

After reading the book, have your students use the fun mats to think about using materials in new and creative ways. A great way to get kids really thinking! Click here for the FREE printable.

Addition, Subtraction, and Number Order

Perfect for teaching addition, subtraction, and number order in whole group lessons or math centers. These pieces have numbers and symbols that can be printed on magnet paper for whole group lessons or card-stock for math centers. Along with the printable math manipulatives you also get task cards to practice addition, subtraction, and number order. (PreK, K, 1, 2) Click here for the PAID printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Letter Building

Here is a fun and interactive way to have your young learners practice letter recognition and formation. (PreK, K, 1) Click here for this PAID printable resource.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Tic-Track-Toe Game

In this fun, editable game students will practice and review phonics and/or spelling skills with this tic-tac-toe game modeled after the tic-TRACK-toe game in the book! (K, 1, 2) Click here for the PAID printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Comprehension

This resource includes 9 different comprehension activities. Each worksheet includes a short passage on top with 3 accompanying questions underneath. (K,1,2) Click here for this PAID printable resource.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Math & Literacy Pack

This Math and Literacy Pack is filled with an assortment of activities for preschool and kindergarten (Prek, K) Click here for this PAID printable resource.

Make Your Own Train Track Character

Read the book Old Tracks New Tricks with your kids. Then, use this easy and ready-to-go Create Your Own Train Track Character art activity to go along with the story. (PreK, K, 1, 2) Click here for the FREE printable. You can also read Art is Basic’s blog post about this activity, including a review of the book!

Track Trick Inventor Journal Page

Click here for the FREE printable for classroom use.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Bookmarks

Click here for the FREE printable for classroom use.

Discussion Questions

Click here for the FREE printable for classroom use.

STEM Building Activity- Old Tracks, New Tricks

These STEM building centers are perfect for tying your Language Arts and Science curriculum together! Read the book “Old Tracks, New Tricks” with your students and then have them complete these four engaging center activities to go with the book. (K,1) Click here for the FREE printable.

Word Problem Task Cards for Old Tracks, New Tricks

These word problem task cards pair with the book Old Tracks, New Tricks by The Innovation Press. The 9 word problems focus on numbers less than 10 and are perfect for Kindergarten or the beginning of First Grade. Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks STEM Activity

This freebie is a fun STEM activity that can be used any time of the year or at home with your own kids during the summer time! Students will come up with original and creative ways to build a train track! (1, 2, 3, 4) Click here for the FREE printable.

Train Track Tricks STEM Activity

Do you know a student who loves trains? This STEM activity will have students using train tracks in new and creative ways and is a perfect companion to the book Old Tracks New Tricks by Jessica Petersen. (PreK, K, 1) Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Write a Dialogue

Here’s an adorable writing activity to go along with the book, Old Tracks, New Tricks. Students practice creating their own comic strip by writing a dialogue between the fictional characters in the book! (1, 2, 3) Click here for this PAID resource.

Old Tracks, New Tricks CVC Word Spelling Practice

Train-themed CVC word spelling practice worksheets that can be used with Old Tracks, New Tricks. (K, 1, 2) Click here for the PAID printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Train Writing Paper

Four versions of train themed writing paper are included in this download. Two versions with primary handwriting lines and two versions with standard writing lines. Several writing prompt ideas are also included. (K, 1, 2) Click here for the FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Train Shape Craft

A fun craft activity to pair with Old Tracks, New Tricks. Click here for this FREE printable.

Old Tracks, New Tricks Reader Responses

There are a variety of no-prep reading comprehension, writing, and art activities in this freebie that you can use as follow-up to Old Tracks, New Tricks. (PreK, K) Click here to get the FREE printable.

Maker Space Task Cards

This pack with themed task cards offers your students opportunities to join the Maker Space Movement and embrace their creativity in the process! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Click here for the FREE printable.

Train Track Drawings

Click here for Art is Basic’s instructions for this fun train track art activity!