I created this set of three activities to integrate into our recorder unit (this is designed for my 3rd graders, although my older one will use it as a review).
The first activity is called, "I Heart Music" and the students will dictate melodies using conversation hearts. I had great success with a similar activity during Halloween using candy corns. For my kids with allergies, I provide corresponding stickers (I found some at Target).
Each student will be given the following worksheet (printed on cardstock and laminated) and four candy hearts.
During the next lesson, we'll use a Power Point:
Second, we'll review the pitches we're using (with hand signs and also recorder fingerings).
The lyrics appear first and we read them. Then, the rhythms appear and we perform them with body percussion and syllables (ta) then with body percussion and lyrics. Next are the solfa pitches. After these appear, we sing them, then sing the lyrics on the correct pitch. Last are the letter names of the recorder pitches. We sing these while moving our fingers on the recorder. Then, we play our recorder.
For the third activity, students will have to create their own melody. They can choose from four "Candy Heart" phrases. Here's an example:
These three activities took me a while to think up and create, so they aren't for free. I haven't put them in PDF format in case you want to create more "Candy Heart" worksheets. You can download them here:
Candy Hearts Rhythm, Solfa, and Recorder Activity