My favorite way to introduce students to new vocabulary is through choice boards. I have created choice boards for various vocabulary topics. This choice board in particular covers animal vocabulary.
To complete, students must choose any 2 (or 3) boxes from the board and complete them using the new vocabulary. There are options for students that like to draw, students that like to sing, students that like to write, students that prefer busy work, and a research option in place of vocabulary practice.