When I teach the elements and the periodic table, I incorporate writing across the curriculum. I have students choose one element that they're interested in and research it. After they've finished the research, they must then find another element that is compatible with theirs. Finally the students write a love letter from their element to the compatible element, which includes all the attributes of the student's element, why the two elements would make a good couple, and a picture of the two elements. The kids really seem to get into this project.