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.

  • Animal Monologues

    Ages: Middle School (6-8)
    Art Forms: Theater

    Goal: To introduce character development through a familiar concept like their favorite animal

  • 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. 

  • Clay Transformation Sequence

    Ages: Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
    Art Forms: Media Arts

    Goal: To introduce basic claymation techniques working in small groups. 

  • 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.

  • Creative License

    Ages: Early Childhood (PK-2), Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
    Art Forms: Literary Arts, Visual Arts

    Goal: For students to understand the idea of 'creative license' and to feel comfortable taking risks during the residency.