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.

  • Character Grill

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

    Goal: To invite students to fully inhabit and take full ownership of their developing characters before continuing their writing process. 

  • 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.

  • Creating Community Agreements

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

    Goal: To establish community guidelines and agreements.

  • Creating Stop-Motion Credits

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

    Goal: For students to share a little about themselves through their creative expression.

  • 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.

  • Finding a Partner or Small Group

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

    Goal: Intentional ways to create pairs or small groups

  • Getting Your Own Notepad

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

    Goal: For students to feel a sense of ownership of their own personal creative space.