A picture can be worth a thousand words. Maybe that is why I like photography so much. This morning I came across this article in the NYTimes that combines economics along with photography.
If I was still teaching I would ask my students to go out into their communities to take pictures of subjects that document the current economic times they are witnessing. I would then compile the photos into some sort of art exhibit that could be displayed somewhere in the school.
Have your students write an explanation of each photo and how it relates to economics and you have yourself a nice little project that many of your students will really enjoy doing.