Here's a blog post that I wrote for Teaching Tolerance:
As we get to the first week of school, I think about games a great deal. Games are a wonderful way to start the year. When games help us to build community and give kids a taste of what is to come in the classroom, they become powerful teaching tools. I like to choose about 5 each year that the class will play frequently. I change things up each year to keep things interesting!
Last year at around this time, I wrote about games that we'd be playing in the first week of school. Here's the link:
This lovely link from a school that uses the Responsive Classrooms techniques has more lists of great games, as well as greetings in different languages.
...and still more games, this time from a blog post from 2009:
What other games do you love to play?