I love to use books in speech, there’s nothing they can’t do! A lot people use books to target vocabulary but most kids just scan the page and find the word. How can we keep them alert and engaged? I have been using this activity for a while and it has definitely helped my kids stay on their toes.
Write the vocab words you want the kids to listen for on a paper or whiteboard ( or have the kids do it ). Each kid should have their own paper or whiteboard. As you read, have the kids listen for the target words. When they hear the target word, they raise their hand. Then, you can have them tell you what the word means in the sentence, a synonym or antonym to replace it, it’s meaning, etc.
My kids liked to keep tallies to see who ‘found’ the most words. This helped to keep them alert and engaged rather than just sitting and listening.