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.

  • Paint Your Space Warm Up

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

    Goal: To warm-up our bodies using a guided improvisational structure, for older students can also be used to introduce the term "kinesphere".

  • Partner Mirroring

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

    Goal: To work closely together with one other person, practicing the skills of observation and focus.

  • Pass a Clap

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

    Goal: An introduction activity to build build student focus and class ensemble. Can also be used to introduce other musical concepts like rhythm and notes.

  • Pass the Love

    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: A closing ritual to reflect on the lesson, and take a moment together as a whole class ensemble.

  • Pixilation

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

    Goal: To introduce students to the concept of Pixilation.

  • Point of View

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

    Goal: To introduce the visual arts concept of Point of View.

  • Rhyme Time

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

    Goal: To review or introduce rhyme as a tool for poetry, music and theater

  • Sensory Details

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

    Goal: To have students use juicy, sensory descriptors in their writing.