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.

  • 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. 

  • Conductor

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

    Goal: To learn and understand the term 'Dynamics', and to work together as an ensemble.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Creativity Key

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

    Goal: To introduce word and concept of 'unlocking our creativity'.

  • 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.

  • Family Crests

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

    Goal: To introduce the concept of symbolism and get to know the students interests