Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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. Rain and Eilat (Rain's mom)May 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Pokemon cards, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, Beyblads, the Harlem Shake song and the Gangham Style song are all fads currently. Playing, collecting and trading Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are my favorite fads. The Harlem Shake is a popular song for which many people have created memes of the original video. It is also a fad to watch the Gangham Style video.

    How you ever watched the Gangham Style video or The Harlem Shake memes? How you ever played Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh! cards or Beyblads?

    Your fads loving,

  3. Eilat (Rain's mom)May 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Here are some fads that I remember from growing up. I went to elementary school in Israel. I remember that we used to collect and trade stickers. When I was a little older, we used to collect and trade special letter paper and envelopes.

    There was a game that we used to play at that time. We called it "Go-go-im". We collected the pits of apricots. We took shoe boxes and cut holes in the lids. Kids took turns trying to throw their apricot pits (which we called "Go-go-im") into the holes in the box. If it went in, and depending on the complexity, they would win a few pits from the box owner.

    When I was older, maybe middle school or high school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, I remember that leg warmers were a fad. I think that scrunchies were a fad when I was in high school.

    I'm looking forward to reading some of the other responses,

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and class,

    Fads are temporary fashions. They can be very popular for short times before being lost to history. I had to think about fads when I was a student and can remember some. Here they are...

    Marbles - Playing games of marbles was very popular when I was a primary school student. Every boy and some girls would spend recess and lunch time challenging each other. Many years later I returned to my old school as a teacher. Marbles were a long gone fad.

    Model trains - This was a very big fad for boys back then. All of us wanted a train set. I still have mine but I know model trains are not as big as back then.

    Yoyos – These have come in and out of fashion over the years. When in fad mode, children all wanted one and tried to learn the tricks.

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

  5. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    It is fun to think about what is "faddish" now and ask yourself what aliens or future inhabitants might think of the things that we now think are 'cool." I think that mohawks on kids are a type of fad that would easily fit into the hairstyle category. All songs are fads like "Sound Of Silence" and "Dynamite". These songs were quite popular at a time or still are popular. Khaki pants are a fad currently. They are made of a beige color fabric.

    All in all, there are many fads that people both like and dislike. I find it all fascinating!

    Best wishes,

    Aidan F.


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