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: Famous People/Characters, Animals/Insects, Food, History, Government/States, and a round of randomness at the end. 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 best selling video game of all time? What is Johnny Depp's biggest fear as an actor? How many worms can a platypus fit inside it's cheeks? How many letters are in the Hawaiian alphabet? What is the only mammal that pees backwards?
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.