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.





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Recent Posts by Megan

Wed May 16, 2018 10:45 AM in Teaching science to children
Hi Marved, I would recommend this web seminar archive titled: "How Do I Select Phenomena to Motivate Student Sense Making?" to help with finding and selecting phenomena as a means to engage your students. You can find it at the link below: I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other topics...

Wed May 16, 2018 10:34 AM in Best resources for teaching science as a first year teacher
Hi Anita, I have to agree with Pamela - this is a great place to locate resources! When you click on " Explore All Resources ," you can type in a search term and then filter down the results to find those related to younger grades. You could also look for content resources if you need to refresh your own understanding! Check out the Science Objects and/or SciPacks for content support. I...

Fri May 11, 2018 4:53 PM in Physics of Car Crashes
Hi Chris, I found some resources from NSTA that may be able to help! While they aren't specifically about data from a car crash, they still include activities about momentum. Please let me know if you think these will be helpful, or if you need anything else! First, I found a book chapter about speed and assessment: Then, I foun...

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

Clean Water

7 Resources

This is a collection of resources related to clean water.

Science Sampler: A student-centered project focused on obtaining clean drinking water for the community
Type: Journal Article

Water You Engineering? An Activity to Develop Water-Quality Awareness
Type: Journal Article

Renewable Energy

8 Resources

This is a collection of resources related to renewable energy.

A Solar Energy Cycle
Type: Journal Article

Science Sampler: Solar Panels and alternative energy in the eighth-grade classroom
Type: Journal Article


13 Resources

This is a collection of resources related to using Phenomena within three-dimensional teaching and learning.

Type: User uploaded resource

NGSS@NSTA Web Seminar Archive Page
Type: User uploaded resource