Meet The Dinosaurs – Guided Reading Scripts
5 mini plays – 6 speakers each; plus a quiz (plus answers!) on each.
Around 5 minutes reading time each – plus quiz.
Also available: Class Play called Dinosaurs Rock – cast of 30, around 10 minutes not including music suggestions.
Play 1 ‘Favourites'
Tyrannosaurus Rex (T. Rex)
Steg: Hmm. Not blindingly obvious! But then I'm not famous for my brains!
T. Rex: No. That goes for a lot of you ‘tiny headed' plant eaters!
Dippie: Nothing wrong with having a brain the size of a walnut!
Brachie: Here! Here! But what was your other name, Steg? I don't think you got round to telling us.
Steg: Er, um.
T.Rex: Let me help! It's ‘covered lizard' or ‘roof lizzard'.
Steg: Ah yes! That's it! And of course I have that name because .... Er... um..
Try: Oh come on, Steg! Try a little harder!
Steg: All right, Mister Try, Try and Try-again-ceratops!
Play 2 The Biggest!
Cecil: Whoa! Sorry everyone! That happens every time I move!
Chicken: Then please don't! It's really scary for one as small as me!
Car: Chicken! You'd better toughen up if you're gonna stick around with us big boys!
Mam: Yeah! Better be careful we don't trip over this one!
Chicken: I might be small but I could win a running race against you lot - hands down!
Cecil: Well, if it came to feet down, you'd be well and truly squashed under me! The biggest!
Mam: And without wishing to stick my neck out .... Guess what I'm most famous for?
Gig: Nothing to do with having the longest neck ever, I don't suppose?
Play 3 The Deadliest
Velociraptor (‘fast robber')
Deinonychus (‘terrible claw')
Troodon (‘wounding tooth')
Ankylosaurus (‘stiff lizard')
Allosaurus (‘strange lizard')
Albertosaurus (‘lizard of Alberta)
Deinonychus: Certainly could! Size isn't everything, you know! I probably had the deadliest reputation out of all of you!
Allosaurus: When you were hunting in packs you were unstoppable.
Deinonychus: Indeed. I was the supreme pack hunter! I had no enemies. Not surprising with a name like ‘Terrible Claw'! My very own flick knife!
Velociraptor: 12 centimetres long! What a weapon!
Deinonychus: Just brilliant for slashing and slicing!
Velociraptor: And all those sharp teeth! I had 80! Just great for ripping and tearing!
Troodon: And I had 100! Perfectly shaped for slicing through flesh! No wonder they called me ‘wounding tooth'!
Velociraptor: And we certainly made up in speed what we lacked in size. I could reach speeds of 40 miles per hour! How fast could you giants go?
Allosaurus: Er, um, around 12 miles per hour
Play 4 Head Bangers!
2-Ridge: So, I'm guessing we're not all heading for the nearest beauty pageant!
Dome-head: I'm not ashamed of my ...(pauses) slightly unusual looks!
Long-crest: Nor me! We should be proud of our crests and lumps and bumps!
Helmet-head: Right on! We've got nothing to hide ..
Trumpet-head: Not even under that helmet?!
Helmet-head: Or what about up your trumpet?
Long-crest: Huh! Nothing compared with my fog-horn!
Horn-head: And speaking of horns .... Nobody's got as many as me!
2-Ridge: You old devil! What was it they called you?
Horn-head: Horned devil from the river of death.
Play 5 Flyers and Swimmers
Pteranodon: (Sniffing) There's something very fishy going on here.
Pterodactylus: That's it! We're all - or nearly all - fish-eaters!
Mosasaurus: Though I wasn't fussy! I'd eat anything!
Elasmosaurus: You certainly had the jaws for it! I guess you just swam along with them wide open!
Quetzalcoatlus: Like my wings!
Pterodactylus: What a sight! Just like a giant glider!
Pteradon: And I wasn't far behind. I might not have been the biggest winged reptile that ever lived, but I was still pretty huge!
Quetzalcoatlus: Half my size
Pterodactylus: But still three times mine! Still, I was the best known! So I'll settle for that!