This handout (reading passage) will allow students to learn about the different types of chemical reactions as they read through a love story that serves as a metaphor for the elements in the reactions. Afterwards, students will complete questions, draw pictures, balance equations, and identify equations as single-displacement, double-displacement, synthesis, or decomposition.
This is a great way to get students engaged in this topic. "Memorize" the story then use it to teach chemical reactions to the class. Call on volunteers to come to the front of the room and "act out" the different scenes. For a follow up, have students complete this handout.
To be honest, I designed this "story/worksheet" when I had to unexpectedly be absent. It was the first day of a new topic (Types of Chemical Reactions) and I needed something to engage the students. I knew they wouldn't understand the concept if I just told them to read the textbook. It's a complicated topic! So...I wrote this "love story". I hate leaving busy work for substitute days. My students know that even if I'm absent, they are expected to learn. This saved the day! I've been using it ever since.