The Activity Bank

The GIVE Activity Bank is a resource bank of short activities or skill-based tasks that already include supports and accommodations to meet a range of students’ needs. These activities can be easily added to your lesson—with small adjustments for your unique students and classroom—to make it more inclusive.

These activities have been submitted as is by New York City Teaching Artists from New Victory Theater, ArtsConnection, and Community-Word Project.

  • “Yes and” Character Creation

    Ages: Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Theater, Visual Arts

    Goals: To practice building on each other's ideas, collaborating and saying “yes and” to our classmates ideas/offers.

  • Collaborative Mandalas

    Ages: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Visual Arts

    Goal: To build a meditative or Zen experience while creating a collective piece of art. To symbolize individual pieces coming together as a whole.

  • Crescendo

    Ages: Early Childhood (PK-2), Upper Elementary (3-5)
    Art Forms: Music, Theater

    Goal: To warm up our bodies and voices in a silly way. To get to know each other's names through repetition.

  • Draw that Sound

    Ages: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Music, Visual Arts

    Goal: To create a visual response to music.

  • Going on a Trip

    Ages: Early Childhood (PK-2), Upper Elementary (3-5)
    Art Forms: Literary Arts, Music

    Goal: To practice creating rhymes in a song.

  • Human Machine

    Ages: Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Dance, Theater

    Goal: To build collaboration and team work skills.

  • I Like to Move It (Move It)

    Ages: Early Childhood (PK-2), Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Music, Theater

    Goal: To practice matching sound with movement. To work in collaboration with a team member. 

  • If I Were an Animal

    Ages: Early Childhood (PK-2)
    Art Forms: Dance, Theater, Visual Arts

    Goal: Make students aware of different sounds in the natural world and use imagination to produced/act them