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

Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:28 PM in Teaching Controversial Topics in Science
Hello all, What strategies do you use when teaching controversial topics such as: climate change, evolution, GMOs or vaccinations? What challenges have you faced? Do you have any lesson plans for the above topics (or other controversial topics) or material you could share? Perhaps other ideas? Coincidentally, NSTA is hosting a Virtual Conference titled "Teaching Controversial Topics in Sc...

Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:58 PM in STEM in an ELL Classroom
Hi Shontell, Thanks for your questions! I've found some articles that may be of help - I'll post them here. Let me know what you think! This article strategies to assist ELL students, and give some assessment ideas at the end: This article explains a lesson on pendulums, which may give some strategies you can use with your st...

Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:59 AM in STEM in an ELL Classroom
Hi Jennifer, Great question! The Learning Center has a large amount of articles and other items to help teaching science in an ELL setting. To locate them, I went to "Explore All Resources" and typed "ELL" into the search bar (see link below): From here, you can filter by the grade level you are looking for, or by the specific resour...

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

Capitalizing on Literacy Connections
Type: Journal Article

Multisensory Strategies for Science Vocabulary
Type: Journal Article

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