This reading and writing assignment by Hoop There It Is serves as an introductory activity to studying early atomic theory. Students are assigned (either by random selection or differentiated by ability) to write a letter to Aristotle as either John Dalton, JJ Thomson, or Ernest Rutherford as they read (from a textbook or article) about scientists' early understandings of matter. An interactive jigsaw follows.
This PDF includes:
Printable student handouts for letter and jigsaw activity
Printable coded cards to assign students to write as Dalton, Thomson, and Rutherford