Do your students tend to look at each lesson as a discrete unit, forgetting that they are parts of a whole? This activity gets them using what they have learned. It’s a great warm-up activity; I’ve also used it before a test, both to boost their confidence and to give them one last bit of review time.
To play, divide students into groups of 4-5 and give each group at least one marker. If you are not using the whiteboard, also give each group one piece of A3 or butcher (sugar) paper. Set a time limit of 2-3 minutes to list all of the vocabulary words they can remember from the previous lesson. The shorter the time, the more they will have to be engaged and hustle.
With higher-level classes, you can have students add a synonym, antonym, or brief definition to increase the challenge. When time is up, the group with the most correct words wins. Easy peasy low prep activity!