Megan Doty

I am the e-Learning Engagement Specialist with NSTA. I look forward to working with teachers to ensure their science instruction is innovative and engaging for all students. Before coming to NSTA, I worked as a first grade teacher in Omaha, Nebraska and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.





Recent Posts by Megan

Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:31 AM in Subatomic Particle Activity Ideas
Hi Michael, I found an article with an activity that may be of help! I'm not sure the age of your students, so you may have to change a few things to meet the specific needs of your class, but this article describes how a teacher had students create their own models of an atom. Then, they presented to the class and the models hung around the room for the rest of the year for review. Let me know...

Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:56 PM in Learning About Fossils
Hi Katherine, I found a few articles in the Learning Center that may be of help! The first is a set of trade books, including one that could be used for your older students. Check it out here: The second article I found gives some information about fossils, and then includes a set of places that you can go for further informat...

Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:48 PM in Kindergarten Science Crunch
Hi Allison, I found another thread about teaching science in a short amount of time, there may be some helpful ideas here! Does anyone else have any specific ways they teach science to kindergarteners in a short time? -Megan

Recent Reviews by Megan

Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:18 AM
5 Student-Focused Vocabulary Instruction
Interactive word walls put the students in charge of their vocabulary understanding. Classes can add pictures, labels, even real-world objects to the word wall to increase understanding of concept-specific words. These word walls allow for differentiation throughout classes, as different classes can add the specific supports they need. This would be an engaging way to assist students with their vocabulary understanding.

Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:56 AM
5 Sunspo
This article explains how students involved in a science club researched and modeled sunspots over time. It explains how students collaborated with themselves and professionals to better explain their findings. Students learned how to make a model and revise it after peer review to better present their research.

Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:38 AM
5 Engineering Activity
This article explains an engineering activity used in first grade that incorporates science and math. Students are required to build a cost effective house that can withstand "wind," "rain," and an "earthquake" (tests completed in the classroom, not actual weather events). Students must create their houses with materials they "buy" from a class store to incorporate their math skills. Overall, a fun and enriching experience!

Recent Public Collections by Megan

Thanksgiving Ideas

6 Resources

Thanksgiving and Fall-themed ideas

Thanksgiving Post 1
Type: User uploaded resource

Thanksgiving Post 2
Type: User uploaded resource

5E's Ideas

6 Resources

Ideas, lessons and discussion about 5E Lessons

Podcast: Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry: A 5E Lesson Using Roller Coasters by Marla Frazee
Type: Podcast

Shedding Light on Engineering Design
Type: Journal Article


8 Resources

A collection of ideas and strategies for teaching about Electricity

Experiencing Friction in First Grade
Type: Journal Article

Learning the Ropes With Electricity
Type: Journal Article