Quid est Fabula?
This is another easy review game that works best at the beginning of the year with returning Latin students. As the only Latin teacher in my school, I am in the position where all my second year students know me but only know a subset of students in the class since they were in different classes last year. I find this is a good activity to help build community as well as review vocabulary.
To play this game, you need to put your students into groups of two or three. For each group, you need a word list of 10 words or phrases that the students learned last year - adjectives, prepositional phrases, nouns, and verbs. Make sure that two of the nouns are repeated in each list. Hand each group their list and a large piece of paper. Then have them draw a scene that includes all the words on the list. The picture should be a scene - not random objects floating in space.
Once they are done, they should then switch their picture with another group and see if they can label all the Latin words used in another picture. Then everyone takes their pictures and sticks them to the front board. Now you or a student who can speak loudly describes each scene in Latin to the class.
Now for the "story" part. Identify the noun that appears in each picture. My pictures usually contain puella et canis or puella et draco and see if you or your students can connect the pictures into a story. Let the students determine how to number the pictures. Which picture depicts what happened first? Which picture is the final scene of the story? Depending on the skill of your students and their comfort with oral Latin, this can be done entirely in Latin or just in short phrases. For example if in one picture the girl is in the field, you can see "Ecce - puella in agro est." In the other picture, if the girl is in the house - "Puella villam intrat." Therefore, the class determines, "puella erat in agro sed villam intravit."
This part of the activity can take a longer or shorter amount of time depending upon your students' interest in creating the story. Some classes have many creative ideas about how the pictures connect while others have less. Don't draw it out if the class is not engaged in this part. The important part is to describe each picture in Latin. The students love to look at each others drawings and by hearing and seeing words, a lot of vocabulary can reviewed in a short amount of time.