Here is the latest little project we are doing in class. THe students have to create an ABC book of Physics (really a Keynote). In the book they have to represent every letter of the alphabet by finding either a vocabulary word, concept, law, or scientist. The words have to be described in Paragraph form using complete sentences and they have to illustrate with either a photo, drawing, or video describing the entry for more visual learners. They also have to do a voiceover so the more auditory learners can better learn.
I have attached the file I used to start the project and the Group contract I am using for this project below. The group contract seems to really help. I had them fill it out, record the relevant contact information for their groups and I keep the contracts. This is also the way I can see exactly who is in which group. The contract has already had some positive consequences, I have had a couple of students who came to me and asked to leave their group and form a new one because the original members were not working as hard as they thought they should. I allowed it but made them tell the other group members why they were doing it. I seems to have worked in motivating several students who are somewhat unmotivated.