"What I Carry" is a partner or on-your-own station activity. This can be used as a hook for any unit! Simply choose 8 objects (or pictures of objects) that have to do with your topic and place them around your room. Students spend 3-5 min examining the item at their station and describe it, try to name it, and tell you what they think it's used for.
*There is also a Spanish version included*
I used this for my earth science unit intro and used items like a hand lens, a rock, topographic maps, a hiking boot, etc. The kids were really engaged in trying to figure out what everything was and how we would be using it!