This is a great project to begin the year with to not only get your students excited about social studies but also get them back into the groove of researching. The students will randomly select a career and begin researching this career by following prompting questions provided in the following documents. The final project is a brochure presenting their findings.
I have used this as an introductory project for my sixth grade geography class with great success. The students loved looking at the colleges they could potentially attend as well as the salary they would receive. The entire project took about one week and was then displayed at parent teacher conferences.