Encourage both good planning skills and cooperative learning skills with this often-missed planning step!
When students are asked to complete group projects, their first step should be to use this form, which asks students to agree to a plan to complete the work. This allows everyone--group members and teacher--to know what to expect from each student, and what their contribution will be.
It also encourages students to think through the process for a given project, which can help them learn to independently break down large tasks into smaller ones. This process can be modeled and scaffolded for younger learners, and applied across content areas!