I saw a post on another teacher blog about a game called "do you have what I have?" to help practice vocabulary.
Basically, you put all the kids in a circle and give them a whiteboard. Each round, the students pick a random vocabulary word and write it on the board. After everyone's done writing, they reveal what they had. You get a point for every match you have.
I played it this way in my first French 1 class today and the kids loved it. But I noticed they were always choosing the easy ones like "une orange" or "une tomate" (the cognates). Because of this, I decided to mix it up for the second French 1 class. Instead of getting a point for a match, you get a point if NOBODY matches you. It encouraged them to dig a little deeper into their vocabulary memory and use some of the oddball ones.
I liked it much better this second way and found that they got much more out of the activity. They all seemed to love it! They asked if we could do it again sometime.
There are many different variations you can do depending on where they are in the chapter. In the beginning, maybe they can be allowed to have their vocab sheets with them. Next step would be no sheets, but maybe some pictures on the board and not so picky about spelling. Next step would be no pictures, but also not so picky about spelling. Last step (for the end of the chapter) would be no prompts of any kind and spelling needs to count.
I will definitely be playing this again!