Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flaunt Your Funny, Frivolous, Fabulous Fads!

Currently, Mrs. Ranney's Class is reading
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 
the wonderful, well-known author, Beverly Cleary.

We have just finished reading hilarious Chapter 3, "The Hard-Boiled Egg Fad!"

In this chapter, Ramona and all her third grade buddies are having fun with the latest fad: packing a hard-boiled egg in their lunches each day.  The fad isn't just about eating a hard-boiled egg, however! It's really all about cracking it on your head before you peel it!

  Some of the kids use the timid "rap-rap-rap" method.  Others, like Ramona, 
like to show-off with one big  "whack" to the head!

The fad is not so much fun anymore for Ramona, when she finds that the egg 
she thought was hard-boiled was really raw! Boy, how humiliating!


A fad is something that is very popular for a short time,
and fads can be a lot of fun! Fads often involve fashion, an activity, or some kind of toy or trinket.

In your comment, tell us about a fad that you know about.
What is popular right now? What has been popular in the past?

Family members and friends, this is a great post for you to get involved in! Tell us about fads that were popular 
when you were young!


  1. Dear Class,
    During my life, I have certainly seen many fads come and go!

    When I was your age, roller skating was very popular. Instead of shoe skates, we had metal skates that clamped onto our shoes. They were adjustable and had to be tightened and loosened with a key. One very popular fad was to wear our skate keys around our necks on a lanyard, which we made ourselves. If I can still find the one I used to wear, I'll bring it in to show you!

    Later when I was in high school and college, some of the fads were wearing bell bottoms, making and wearing "love beads," and for girls, wearing our hair very long, straight, and parted down the middle. The "happy face" also became popular back in the 60's and 70's, as well as the peace sign!

    I am especially interested to read about the fads that your parents and grandparents remember!

    Mrs. Ranney

  2. Dear Mrs. Ranny and class,

    Fads I know about are Silly Bands and Japanese Erasers. Lots of people used to wear them or collect them, but not any more.


  3. Dear Mrs.Ranney,

    Two fads used to be Crazy Kookie Pens and colorful Silly Bands. Since people were wearing Silly Bands, I started to wear them too.

    Best Wishes,

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    A fad that is popular now for the boys is wearing the Nike Elite socks. Many of my friends wear them. Also, squishies was a popular fad a few years ago. My friends and I collected them.


  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney's class,

    I am thoroughly enjoying rereading Ramona Quimby, Age 8. This is probably the tenth time I've read it, and it is always a pleasure.

    In the late 60s, we use to take a playing card and attach it to our bike wheel using a clothes pin. The card was placed in such a way that when the wheel moved, the card clicked on the spokes. The faster you rode, the faster the sound! After a while, the card would wear out and need to be replaced with a new playing card. The new cards sounded the best!

    In the 70s, there were a lot of funny fashion fads. (Hey, that was great alliteration!) My friends and I all wore bell bottom pants and platform shoes. Many girls had such long bell bottom jeans that they completely covered their platform shoes! Recently, I've noticed some people wearing similar clothes. I wonder if that fashion fad is coming back? (I hope not!) :-)

    I can't wait to hear what parents, grandparents, and friends remember from their early lives!

    Yours truly,
    Mrs. Y&heart;llis

  6. Dear Class, ( Mrs. Ranney too!)

    Last year there was a fad that who ever wore the crazyest knee-high socks won an prize. Once, I won the prize! Even my teacher particpate!

    Best Wishes,


  7. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    At my old school there was a fad that whoever wore the most silly bands would get the rarest silly band. It was crazy, but I won the prize. I felt awesome.

    Yours truly,

  8. Dear Mrs.Ranney and class,
    A fad that used to be popular in the early days was poodle skirts. I used to have one, but I outgrew it!

    Another fad is puzzle erasers. They were outstanding.

    See you tomorrow,


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