Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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 Mrs. Ranney and class,

    One fad that is really popular right now is the game Minecraft. It is so popular that people are happily wearing t-shirts, and they are also making or watching Minecraft videos regularly. This is when they are not playing the game Minecraft on their iPad, iPhone, Xbox, computer, or PlayStation. You can find it easily in the App Store. My favorite device to play it on is the Xbox because you can build a giant castle in creative mode where you have every single block in the game. You can also switch to survival mode where you can sadly get destroyed by a monster. In survival mode, you can still use your castle for shelter. In case you didn't know, survival mode is a mode where you need to survive by hunting and protecting yourself at night.

    I like this fad because it makes your brain grow rather than other video games that make it rot. I hope this fad stays forever, but every fad wears out.



  2. 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

  3. Dear Mrs. Ranney,

    This is Alexandra, your former third grade student! I remember reading this book, and I liked it so much that know I have read all of the Ramona books. They are so funny and eventful! I recommend these books to many kids.

    Now for the fads. A fad that was popular not long ago was Rainbow Loom bracelets. Everyone wore them and made them at home. I remember going home after school, finishing my homework, and then sitting down to make at least ten bracelets. I did this because my friends and I were going to work at a booth at the Calabasas Classic. All the money we were raising was for Breast Cancer research. (During the Calabasas Classic, I saw Mrs. Ranney running past me.)

    A fad that is now known is the Living Royal pants. These are the pants that have a lot of pictures or icons covering them. For example, I have seen many kids wear the pants with a closeup photo of weaved bracelets. These pants are also going to be part of the costume some of the girls in my Variety Show group are going to wear.

    I think fads are very interesting, depending on what it is about.

    Your old third grader,

  4. Dear Mrs. Ranney and Class,

    I'd like to share a fad with you that was popular when my Mom was younger. It was a game called Chinese Jacks. They were popular in the 70's and 80's, and my Mom used to play them a lot with her friends. Chinese Jacks came in many different colors, but they were always shaped like a circle.

    A current fad is an app called Instagram where you post pictures to this site. If you are a follower of someone's Instagram account, than you are able to see their pictures. My older brother and my Dad each have an Instagram account. My brother uses it a lot!

    What is your favorite fad today?




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