Geography, China, Japan, anticipation guide. This is a fun way to introduce a new unit. The students love making a competition out it. There are 7 characteristics about two of the countries in the new unit. Students take a few minutes by themselves and decide which country the statement is about. Then you go over them as a class and throw in a few interesting/non-textbook facts to get the students excited about the unit. The answers are included.
You might be interested in my (still growing) set of Geography items: