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Latin Games

Vocabulary Building with Picta Dicta

Picta Dicta is an innovative and highly engaging tool for students to build their Latin vocabulary. This program could easily serve as an introduction for young students into the delightful world of Latin. The lessons would also prove a wonderful supplement to any Latin curricula, or even as a summer strengthening program for Latin students. The approach engages students in learning vocabulary through pictures and images rather than the usual vocab word list found in most textbooks. Read the rest of this entry »

Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest – 2012

Year three of the Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest is officially underway. Teachers can sign up now and incorporate the contest into their lesson plans for the year.
The Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest is for high school age students, typically 13 to 18 years old. Student entries will be due Feb. 1, 2011. A top prize of $500 will be awarded for first place. Other cash prizes will be given to the second- and third-place winners, along with honorable mention recognition for other deserving entries.

Participating students will submit a 100- to 200-word original fable in Latin, along with an English translation of the submitted piece. Compositions will be graded based on the student’s ability to accurately use Latin vocabulary and forms of speech, the student’s creativity in subject matter and writing style.

The Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest is administered entirely through the internet and allows willing teachers to take part in the nationwide judging. Thanks to the support of their sponsors, there is no cost to you or your students. Getting started is easy:

Visit to find out more and to sign up!

Note: Participants who registered last year must still reregister anew each year.

If you have any questions, please contact Christa Blakey


phone: 208-882-1566.

CAMWS Latin Translation Contest, 2011-12

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South will offer $250 cash prizes, book awards, and letters of commendation to qualifying winners in its School Awards Latin Translation Contest. Read the rest of this entry »

Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest, 2011

Registration is now open for the 2nd annual Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest, hosted by New St. Andrew's College! This post will direct you to information for this contest, and to resources that will help you prepare for this wonderful opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

Latin Scrabble

Scrabble is a classic, so is Latin. It is therefore only natural that the two should blend together beautifully! Latin Scrabble is another student fav at our school, and it is a great way to build vocabulary and even exercise some grammar. If you find yourself with a yearning for some Latin Scrabble, and no amici with whom to play you might try the online site Read the rest of this entry »


Headventureland is a brand new website where students can play games, read books, and watch videos in Latin! Read the rest of this entry »

Gladiator Game – Online

As gruesome as the gladiatorial games are, students are drawn to them. Recently, I was introduced to an online game called Read the rest of this entry »

Card Games

When learning Latin numerals cards games can be wonderful game to review the lesson and practice speaking Latin. My personal favorite is "Go Fish" or "I Piscare!" To play Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Get You Talkin’

In a previous post I discussed a lesson plan where I had the students giving one another commands in Latin.  The lesson plan was in effect a game that not only reviewed grammar, but helped the students develop their oral and aural skills.  It was a game that got them talkin’ in Latin – and they loved it.  Here are a couple others.

Magister Dicit (The Teacher Says): Simple to Challenging.  Requires some preparation.  This is a great game for beginning grammar students all the way to advance students.  You can begin with simple one word imperative commands such as cantate, surgite, or sedete.  When you introduce prepositional phrases it can create all kinds of fun mayhem. Discipuli, ascendite in mensam!  The more grammar they know, the more complex the commands can become.  This will require some preparation for the teacher.  You will want to have several commands at the ready.  You can also give the students the opportunity to play magister and let them take turns commanding their peers in Latin.

Magna Fabula (The Great Story): Challenge.  Some prepration may be required. Have you ever played the game where one person begins a story with a simple sentence and the others take turns adding on a sentence at a time?  This is great fun in Latin class.  The first time or two  you may want to warn students in advance so they have a few ideas prepared.  You may even want to encourage them to use vocabulary from a certain chapter or unit so that A) they have some material to work with and B) everyone will be familiar with the words that might be used.  Everyone feels a little insecure at first – worried they will make a grammatical error.  Remind them that we make grammatical errors all the time when we speak English, but we still manage to communicate.  The point is to get them talking AND listening.  After they have become a bit more comfortable with the game, surprise them with a story time on the fly!

Do you have some great ideas to get students talking in Latin class?  Please Share!

Be sure to check out other game posts in the blog site like Latin Taboo.

Next gaming blog: Playing Cards

Latin Taboo

Some of you may be familiar with the popular party game "Taboo." Well, at Grace Academy we play a similar game with a Latin twist. It quickly became a student favorite and is great for practicing vocabulary. Here is how to play Read the rest of this entry »