Megan Doty

Hello! I'm Megan Doty, Project Manager at 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 Mar 14, 2019 9:31 AM in Living vs. Non-Living Lesson
Hi Greer! I found this article in the Learning Center about a first grade class learning how to classify living and non-living organisms: While it does not talk about a video or a book, I wonder if the thought of going outside to the playground to complete a science lesson may be engaging/exciting for your stud...

Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:47 AM in Teaching about observable features of animals
Hi Victoria, I've found an article here in the Learning Center that may be of help! It discusses an activity to help with animal classification, and gives ideas for both younger and older students. Let me know if you use it in your classroom!  Does anyone else have any ideas? -Megan

Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:59 AM in Light Energy
Hi Maria, I found a couple of articles with some ideas regarding shadows that you may be able to use! The first describes an entire 5E lesson about light and shadows - perhaps you can use parts of what is described here as your "Engage:" I also found an article that uses a formative assessment probe to get stud...

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

Type: User uploaded resource

To the Moon and Back
Type: Journal Article

Claim, Evidence and Reasoning Framework for Explanation and Argument

8 Resources

These resources help understand the CER framework for explanation and argument.

Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning
Type: Journal Article

Turning the Science Classroom Into a Courtroom: Engaging in Argument From Evidence
Type: Journal Article

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