1st grade kicked off the new nine weeks with a collaborative project where students created a "....ville". They broke up into small groups and discussed what they felt where important parts of a town. They each were responsible for creating a house, a business/place of worship/school..etc. ...and with any left over paper they could make trees/clouds/shrubs/cars. They cut them out, and then the students helped plan where the different elements would go.
The kids loved it...and they turned out great.