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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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