There are fun and exciting ways to get your students more engaged in their vocabulary. Different students learn differently and while a sports-themed game might work well for some, sitting down to quietly list the words might be better for another.
Have one student sit in the front of the classroom on a chair facing away from the blackboard. On the board you will write a vocabulary word but the person in the front of the room is not allowed to look at it. The student will ask yes or no questions to his classmates to determine what the word might be. The student has 10 questions available until he must guess what the word is. You can make this an individual contest or you can have the class separated into several teams to add a competitive element