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

Yesterday, 3:48 PM in Biogeography
Hi David, I found some Science Objects in the Learning Center that may be of help. They cover information related to "Interdependence of Life." Check them out here: I also want to share an external resource with you. Check it out at the link below:

Yesterday, 2:58 PM in Need Strategies for SEPs and CCCs
Hi Ann, Let me first start off with the main NGSS @ NSTA website: Here you can find many resources defining NGSS, giving resources to implement in the classroom, and much more. More specifically, however, I want to also send you to the Professional Learning section of the website above. Hopefully you can find some helpful information geared towards the specific needs ...

Yesterday, 12:46 PM in NGSS Assessment in the Elementary Classroom
Hi Sarah, Great question! Check out this link for some broad information on assessments within NGSS: I'm curious, though, if anyone has a specific lesson plan with assessment that they have used within NGSS? How did you ensure three-dimensional learning was achieved? -Megan

Recent Reviews by Megan

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!

Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:24 AM
5 Trade Books Listed by Core Idea
This article presents the best trade books from 2016 to use in a science classroom. The titles are organized by Disciplinary Core Idea, making it simple to search for and find texts related to the topic of a lesson. It also lists the appropriate grade levels for use of each book.

Recent Public Collections by Megan


1 Resources

Resources related to Biogeography

BioDiversifying the Curriculum
Type: User uploaded resource

Incorporating Technology in the Science Classroom

9 Resources

Resources on how to effectively incorporate technology into a classroom, as well as specific ideas and apps to try out.

ISTE Annual Conference and Exposition: Inaugural NSTA Science Education Technology Strand, Denver, CO: June 29, 2010
Type: Symposia Archive

Blogging About the Weather
Type: Journal Article

Using Trade Books in Science Lessons

5 Resources

A bundle of resources regarding how to use trade books in lessons with all ages

Teaching through Trade Books: Weather Watchers
Type: Journal Article

Teaching Through Trade Books: Forecasting Hazardous Conditions
Type: Journal Article