This worksheet contains lines representing the 8-beats of "Pumpkin Pumpkin" so students can notate the rhythm. I use the song "Pumpkin Pumpkin" and worksheet to introduce 16th notes. I have 2 worksheets per page to save paper.
My teaching procedure:
I ask students to tell me the difference between a pumpkin and jack-o-lantern. Then I tell students that each of them will get their own turn to their face from a pumpkin into jack-o-lantern while the class sings the song. We go around the circle and each child gets a turn to make a face. The song is short, so even with 30 kids this goes quickly as long as you keep repeating the song without pause. (The kids really enjoy making jack-o-lantern faces!)
I then have them tap the rhythm of their laps and we discuss the new pattern we feel: sixteenth notes. I draw sixteenth notes on the board and explain that it is the 2 lines on the top that make them 16th notes. We then draw the rhythm for the song together on the board. I first use pumpkins (1, 2 and 4) to represent sounds and then the actual notes.
In the next music class I repeat this entire procedure and THEN have each child draw the rhythm on their own worksheet. I explain that each line is a beat. I explain how to draw notes and I show them on the board. My procedure is: 1. Draw the note head. Make it dark. 2. Draw a stem up the right side. 3. Draw a line or lines across the top as required. Do NOT draw a box. I tell my students to draw beautiful notes and explain that if their notes are sloppy, they might look like other notes and be wrong. I have good results with this procedure.
The version of the song I use is: Ti-ti, Ti-ti, Ti-ti, Ta. Ti-ri-ti-ri, Ti-ri-ti-ri, Ti-ti, Ta. with Do Mi, Do Mi, Do Mi, Sol. So so so la, So mi do re, Mi re, Do.