Research shows that information must be meaningful and repetitive to move into long term memory (a fun activity helps our brains pay attention too). At the elementary level we play a lot of games, because they are a great way to move information taught into long term memory. The game below is one great example.
In this game is one kid is it. They have snowballs (bought them on Amazon). The person that is it freezes students by hitting them with snowballs (I've "tested" them at home, you can throw them hard and it doesn't hurt). The student that is hit yells out a phrase for a friend to free them, the friend usually has to say something and they respond as well. For example, I am trying to get my elementary students to say please and thank you. So the frozen person yells "por favor", friend grabs their hand, they have to say "gracias" and friend say "de nada" before going free. Every so often I blow my whistle and the kids lay down and breath in an x shape and I pick a new "monstuo de nieve." You could sub any vocab.
The vocab reviewed (includibg directions) will is:
4, square, congela, amigo, grita, por favor, gracias, de nada, x, escucha, descansa, juega, rápido, triste, feliz, and enojado.
I am in my 11th year teaching in Saline. I've taught: 3rd grade, 5th grade, Spanish/French/German Intro, Quest, Middle School Spanish, and Elementary Spanish.