Students LOVE choices! There are 12 different activities/projects that are sure to engage middle-schoolers. The projects touch on various interests: art, music, research, writing, cooking, and acting. This file has 3 pages: two pages of projects and their descriptions and a grading rubric.
Though this assignment can be done at home, it is great to see students buzzing with activity in the classroom! I generally give the students 4-5 class days to work on their choices prior to presentations.