I gave students a Mad Lib answer sheet and had students work with their shoulder partner to generate answers. As I knew we were coming off of summer break, I put hints down at the bottom explaining what nouns and verbs were so I wouldn't have to explain it over and over. We also reviewed how an "s" at the end of of a word makes it plural, so your answer must be plural. I was surprised at how many students were not familiar with Mad Libs, so I am so glad I was able to share a bit of my childhood with them (not dating myself or anything, but how else would your survive a long car ride?)!
I am also using table mats for groups so that everyone knows where to sit and everyone has a job in the learning and building process. This has totally helped cut down on mindless wandering when we are getting started or cleaning up from activities as everyone knows what their job responsibilities are - a big win!