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.

  • 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. 

  • Give Peace a Chance

    Ages: Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Music, Theater

    Goal: To assess your students, to build community, and get to know your students.

  • 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.

  • Gripe Orchestra

    Ages: Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Music, Theater

    Goal: To express ourselves through music and rhythm, to connect with the group, to acknowledge how we’re feeling, to change the energy of the room.

  • Group Mirror

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

    Goal: To build an ensemble, to practice being a leader and follower, to warm up our bodies.

  • 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.

  • High Low Fast Slow

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

    Goal: To introduce the essential toolbox element of opposites or contrast (as a choreographic device) as it connects to dance and choreography.

  • Human Machine

    Ages: Upper Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
    Art Forms: Dance, Theater

    Goal: To build collaboration and team work skills.