On the first day of my class I have my students play a game that has nothing to do with the course material. It's just for fun! I split the class into two teams and one person from each team is allowed to answer a question at a time. Only the designated person from each team is allowed to answer a question and then the team must rotate members and a new team member will answer the next question. It can be based on who gives the correct answer the fastest or I do it based on earning points. If they get the question right they receive a point and point totals are counted at the end of the game.
This game is made up of very random questions that are broken into categories: Food, Animals, Famous People, Movies/TV, Sports, and Holidays. This is set up as a powerpoint so you progress through it one slide at a time; question then answer; round by round. All questions are multiple choice.
Example questions include: What is the only fruit to grow seeds on the outside of its skin? What is the highest grossing animated movie ever? Who is the only president to receive offers to play for two NFL teams? What finger did everyone used to wear wedding rings?
It's a simple game full of fun facts that are sure to bring a smile to your students' faces on a very stressful and self-conscious first day.