Students can oftentimes better grasp a concept when it is related to something concrete in their life. Valence electrons and bonding can easily be related to dating and personalities. After discussing the various groups and their reactivity based upon valence electrons, students are required to create a "dating profile" much like match.com or e-harmony. Students have squares to illustrate the periodic table square for their assigned element, a Bohr model, and a Lewis dot model. APEMAN (the device used to remember how the atomic number and atomic mass determine the number of subatomic particles) is also included.
On the back, students will have to find elements that are suitable matches for their assigned elements, draw the periodic table square, Bohr model and Lewis Dot model, and explain why those elements would be a good match for their assigned element. This extends students thinking about bonds and the desire of elements to be stable, having a full outer shell of electrons.