I love being able to throw out an idea at my middle school students and watching them run with it. I broke students into pairs (in a massive class of four, that means two groups) and had them create their own photographic dictionary. I tried this last year and was met with frustration and near mutiny.
This year's batch went much more smoothly. I decreased the expectations. I don't consider this "dumbing it down," but realizing I asked too much of them last year. I also gave them over a week to complete it. The end result was enthusiasm for work well done.
Students only needed one word/picture per letter. Synonyms and antonyms were no longer required but a definition and sentence were.
I loved the creativity they showed with their sites! Feel free to hop on there and give them some positive feedback.