Each student then does some initial research on their element and fills in a ‘dating profile’.

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You can throw in a few group 3 if you want to make bonding diagrams a little more tricky but best to avoid group 8s as they do not enjoy any form of social activity.

If you have a mixed sex class you may wish to make one sex metals and the other non-metals but be aware of the high probability of sexual innuendos involving bonding and filling shells (I will let you use your imagination here).

Using anthropomorphism is a really useful technique when it comes to teaching the more challenging concepts in chemistry.

After all, atoms behave just like people in a lot of ways, including matters of love.

Interactive periodic table – useful for research Element research project – the document I used as inspiration for this post.

was designed from the ground up to help singles who are serious about finding meaningful relationships meet their matches. Helen Fisher, an American anthropologist and human behavior researcher who has studied romantic attraction for over 30 years.

The chemistry speed dating document can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

This contains all the worksheets for the lesson plus an example which you can use to show the students how to fill them in.

They have to think about how they would bond, name the compound they would form and draw a dot cross diagram.

This gives an opportunity for paired work, plus the students could check each other’s completed sheet.

Chemistry’s four-part questionnaire kicks off with a “My Personality” section, which mixes traditional multiple choice questions with questions that use images (like choosing which drawing looks most like your doodling style, or which hand looks most like your right hand).