Help me with... 2 things!

I've got some quick questions for you guys!

1) When creating units/activities to offer to other people, how do you  get some pages to be 'landscape' and others 'portrait' in the same file?? I'm pretty computer savvy, but this has baffled me. I haven't googled it yet... I thought I'd ask some real experts first! ;)

2) I'm wanting to make my read aloud time purposeful next year, and I think that I want to do that by focusing on author studies. What are your favorite authors to study with first graders??? I'm looking forward to using my creative side to make some great activities to put out there in Blog-Land!

Thanks in advance for your advice... I admire you guys so much!



  1. Laura

    1- In my version of Microsoft Word, you go to file > page setup > select landscape or portrait, then under preview you select apply to: this point forward

    2- I LOVE studying Jan Brett! She has so many fun activities on her site, too. It makes it easy to plan!

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  2. I have never even thought about question #1!!!! haha my brain is perplexed!

    Miss Kindergarten

  3. I can't help with question #1 but for question #2...

    I just love Donald Crews, Melanie Watt, Kevin Henkins, Rob Scotton, David Shannon, Mo Willems, Eric Carle. Oh I will stop there because this list will go on, and on.

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  4. I love Kevin Henkes. He's always my first author study of the school year followed by Robert Munsch. Donald Crews is also another good one.
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

  5. My favorites are: Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Cynthia Rylant, Doreen Cronin

  6. I was so excited to read your question (#1) and read someones response! I was just thinking about that last night!
    I really love donald crews, ezra jack keats, jan brett, cynthia rylant, kevin henkes, and jonathan london (froggy books).

    mrs. f

  7. Oh question 1- now I have my answer!!!

    question 2:


  8. THANK YOU for question #1. I thought I was losing my mind!! lol

    For #2, I really love Jamie Lee Curtis' books. She does a lot with character ed and really speaking to the kids at their levels. I've gone many different directions with her stories. {It's hard to be 5, Big words for little people, Where do balloons go?, Tell me again about the night I was born...} ;)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

  9. I'm so glad you asked question #1! I have been trying to figure that out for weeks now!!!! Glad I'm not the only one! And I also thought I was "computer savvy!" haha But I'm stumped! I have a new version of word and the page layout is at the top above the page where you type with other options like homem insert, etc. I tried what Mrs. Patton said but I'm not seeing a preview option. Where would this be?

    Question #2) I like Laura Numeroff, Eric Carle, Jan Brett, David Shannon

  10. Favorite 1st Grade Authors
    Mo Willems
    Kevin Henkes
    Jan Brett
    Patrica Polocco
    Rosemary Wells

    just a few off the top of my head

  11. #2 - My two favs are Kevin Henkes and Audrey Wood (Silly Sally, The Napping House.) I also use Leo Lioni, Eric Carls, Marc Brown, Jan Brett, David Shannon etc... You know - the usuals! :)


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