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.

  • A Thank You Just For You

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

    Goal: Facilitate transition, create ritual, foster gratitude

  • 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. 

  • 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'.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Headline Of The Day

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

    Goal: A closing ritual activity to check in on what students did during class and take a quick moment to reflect on how they felt about it.