speech and language teaching concepts for Dinosaur Lady in speech therapy​ ​
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Age Recommendation: Elementary, Late Elementary, Middle School

Dinosaur Lady

By Linda Skeers

Mary Anning loved scouring the beach near her home in England for shells and fossils. She fearlessly climbed over crumbling cliffs and rocky peaks, searching for new specimens. One day, something caught Mary’s eye. Bones. Dinosaur Bones. Mary’s discoveries rocked the world of science and helped create a brand-new field of study: paleontology. But many people believed women couldn’t be scientists, so Mary wasn’t given the credit she deserved. Nevertheless, Mary kept looking and learning more, making discoveries that reshaped scientific beliefs about the natural world.

This fascinating dinosaur book can be used in speech therapy to address vocabulary, sequencing and inferencing. It is also great for targeting character analysis and for learning fossil facts! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Dinosaur Lady in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (regular past tense)​
text features


order of fossils Mary discovered which led to her recognition


dodge, high tide, scour, curiosities, constant, determined, uncover, fossils, intricate, discovery, exploring, expose, fascinated, creature, devastating, landslide, vertebrae, geologist, exhibit, invent, shattered, species, extinct, sneer, scoff, predator, identify, achievement, paleontology

Character Analysis:

Mary was passionate about the odd curiosities of the world and was relentless in her search to find more. Her determination and strong work ethic changed what we know about the world and paleontology forever. Mary also had to overcome societal views of women at that time as well.


verbs (regular past tense)

Text Features:



What can you infer about Mary’s personality when she is scouring the beach?
Why do you think she was fascinated with fossils?
What do you think they thought when they found the eye?
Why do you think she kept going back day after day?
How did the landslide help Mary?
Why do you think some people were scared of it?
What did people think about the world after Mary’s discovery?
Why did other scientists laugh at Mary at first and have a hard time believing her?
Why did they finally start listening to her?
How do you think she felt about her accomplishments?
How did Mary’s discoveries help the world?


What do you think they found?
What do you think they will do with the head?
What else do you think Mary will want to find?
What do you think it is?

If you are interested in seeing other dinosaur books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.