To get the kiddos excited, and engaged we did a pre-activity where I had pictures in various spots around the room. The students wrote down what they noticed and what they wondered about each picture.
Then we came back together to talk about what was written about each picture.
Then we wrote predictions about what we thought we were going to be learning about.
Some great guesses, and one of them hit the nail on the head.
Do you ever have your students guess your teaching topic ahead of time to build anticipation? What other anticipation activities do you use?