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

Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:43 PM in Using picture books to teach Earth Science
Hi Kimberly, There is a column that frequently appears in  The Science Teacher that lists the top trade books to use for science education for each year. I've found quite a few in the search below, feel free to browse through to find one that might help you best!

Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:24 PM in Expert Needed!
Hi Rebecca, I'd like to suggest looking into the "Citizen Science" columns that appear in  Science Scope - they are fun, hands-on activities that can be completed in a variety of places (not just a classroom). Check out this search below:

Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:04 PM in Making Measurements
Hi Chris, I found this article that may be of help - it describes some activities to practice measurement in a few different ways (rulers, balances, thermometers). Check it out here: You can find the handouts related to this article at this site under the November 2016 heading:

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