Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flaunt Your Funny, Frivolous, Fabulous Fads!

Currently, Mrs. Yollis' 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. When I was young swap cards were a big fad. Everyone would carry around about 100 swap cards with cute or funny pictures on them. You would flick through your cards and then swap one over with someone.
    Super balls were also a fad. There would be 100s of small bouncing rubber balls bouncing high in the air in the school quadrangle.
    Today my class all love zhu zhu pets.
    From mrs Gridley and juniors jig

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I loved Beverly Cleary as a child. I also remember that when I was in Grade 3 the biggest fad for girls was owning a Cabbage Patch Doll. For awhile, it was very hard to get one and if you did get one you were very lucky. I did get one at Christmas and was so excited! I don't know what is popular now for Grade 3. I believe that here in British Columbia, Canada it might be Littlest Pet Shop for girls, but I am not sure. Enjoy the rest of the book!

    T. Dahlby

  3. Aloha Mrs. Yollis and Third Grade,
    The hula hoop was very popular for a time when I was growing up. There were multiple sizes and colors and everyone had one. Some of us were better than others and those that were really good could rotate more than one hoop at a time. Like everything else it went away but seems to come back every once in awhile. I believe I saw Mrs. Obama hula hooping in a photo last year.
    Mrs. Jacobs

  4. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    I have not heard of Ramona Quimby although I think I'll have to look out for the Beverly Clearly books. They sound great!

    I went to school in the 1980s and 1990s.

    One fad I can remember is elastics. For this game, two people put a long loop of elastic around their ankles and someone jumped in, on and out of the elastics according to a rhyme.

    We also used to like clapping games like the one Mr Salsich put on his blog

    Apparently some kids still like elastics and clapping games although I haven't seen them at my school.

    I look forward to reading about other fads!

    Best wishes,
    Mrs M☀rris

  5. Hello!

    Fads are a great topic! When I was a Kid in the 1970's, toe socks where a big deal! You can still find them, but everyone - even boys- would wear them.

  6. I grew up in the 1970's, so I remember having a pet rock and a mood ring (when mood rings were new). I also remember one year all the girls wore shirts with what we called "butterfly wings". They were open along the side and when you held out your arms it looked like you had butterfly wings!

    I have always loved Ramona. I use to wish she didn't cause so many problems for herself, but I think that's one reason that so many people can relate to her!

    S Onieal (Muncie, Indiana)

  7. When I was young we used to swap friendship pins. It was a safety pin that held colored beads that we would arrange into patterns. We put them on our sneaker laces.

    As someone else mentioned, trading cards were popular. I also remember attaching trading cards to our bicycle tires so they would make a "flapping" noise when it hit the spokes.

    Mrs. G.

  8. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,
    When I was in year 4 swapping stickers from our sticker collection was a fad.
    From Miss M. Kanowski

  9. Dear Yoliis and class,
    I was in 3rd grade in 1963. For us the big fad was something called Creepy Crawlers and baseball cards.
    Creepy Crawlers was kind of oven where you poured in this goopy stuff from a bottle into small molds, put it in the oven, and you could make your own "fake" spiders, centipedes and ants.
    Baseball cards came 10 to a pack with one stick of bubble gum. You would save your old shoe boxes and store your cards in those....sorting them by team and trading them at recess. You also wanted the gum to last, so you'd cut it into smaller pieces and wrap each one up in a little piece of foil.
    The other thing I'll never forget is getting to watch TV at school when John Glenn first orbited the earth. All the boys thought he was so cool that they cut their hair just like he did....and another fad was born. What you probably won't believe is that they put the whole school in the gym to watch the splashdown....all 600 of us. What we were watching was a 19" black and white TV on top of a ladder. We thought we were so high tech!!!! TVs at school and astronauts orbiting the earth.

    Mrs. R Come and visit us at our blog

  10. Dear Mrs Yollis and Class
    I grew up in New Zealand in the 1950s. One fad I remember was the hula hoop. A large plastic ring that you had to keep going around your waist. We became very good at it.
    By the way I have enjoyed in the past reading Beverley Cleary books to my class. A long time ago now. They are good!
    Miss T

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I remember a fad from about a year ago. They were Kookie pens. They were fun little pens in different designs. All the kids at school would collect them and hook them to thier backpacks to show them off. We would sometimes trade them. Anoter fad before that was Japanese erasers.You could get them in all kinds of different shapes like animals, food, and even holiday decorations like pumpkins or a christmas tree.
    Did you have a favorite fad when you were a kid?
    From Ben

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I remember some great fads from growing up in the 70's and 80's. My favorite toy fads were Holly Hobby and Shrinky Dinks! I also remember the pet rocks and mood rings S Onieal mentioned in their comments. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
    Ben's mom

  13. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    I'm also reading Beverly Cleary's Ramona Age Eight. I really liked the part when Ramona cracked the raw egg on her head and the yolk dripped all over her clothes and hair. The book is very funny. I am reading the final chapter now.

    The fad in our school is Silly Bandz. They are plastic bracelets that are shaped like animals, people, princeses and different shapes. I don't really like to wear them, but I like to collect all the different kinds of Silly Bandz.

    Sarah (Miriam's sister)

  14. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading the fads that have occurred throughout the different decades. When I was in third grade in the 80s, a popular fad was chinese jacks. Every girl would bring them to school and we would play every recess and lunch.

    @ Mrs Morris,
    I used to also play elastics in school. It was one of my favorite childhood games. It's interesting how this game was popular in both the United States and Australia.


  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    When I was in 3rd grade, in the 1970s, the fad was feathered hair, berets with ribbons weaved in them, and long socks.

    This is such a fun post, and I love Beverly Cleary books, especially Ramona Q. Age 8!

    Mrs. Watanabe

  16. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Awesome post! Like my sister I am also enjoying this book. I also liked when Ramona whacked the egg on her head and all the yellow yolk spilled down her face and the egg whites dried on her face.

    A fad that we have at school is Japanese Erasers.
    They are little erasers that are shaped in many different designs, such as toothbrushes, hamburgers, pandas and other animals. I don't have any yet and I am not really interested in getting any. I already have a lot of cool erasers.


  17. Dear Class,
    One fad I remember was huge bell bottom jeans! The bigger they were at the bottom, the better!
    I am glad that fad is gone! I also remember bright colored plaid pants. Very, very ugly!
    Have fun reading your book!
    Mrs. Hembree

  18. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    Like Mrs Morris I too have not heard of Ramona but will have a look out for these books as well.

    Now when I was growing up in the 70's the biggest fad which I remember were yo yo's. What is great is that every now and then I will still come across one. I remember everyone in my street had one. They were so popular that at my primary school we held a competion to find who was the best at doing certain tricks with a yo yo. To my suprise I did enter and won.

    Also I do remember platform shoes were a big fad them too. Everyone had a pair of these shoes which and a huge platform running right along the whole of the shoe. When it came to fashion flared pants were also the fad at the time.
    When it came to music we love to listen to David Bowe and the band Sweet.

    I, do remember a lot of your other bloggers comments about the toys they had when they were growing up with too.

    Could go one but better leave it here Mrs Yollis.
    Great post really has bought back a lot of wonderful memories!

    From your blogging pal,

  19. My name is Rachael Gammill. I am a student from the University of South Alabama. I am majoring in Elementary Ed., and am in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I loved your choice of book, this was one of my favorites when I was a child. That had to have been very embarrassing when Ramona busted a raw egg! When I was younger, Amelia Badilla was the fad book. She is very much like Ramona. I hope all of you enjoy the rest of the book!
    Rachael Gammill

  20. Dear Mrs. Yollis and 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. I brought mine to school with me today!

    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

  21. Buongiorno Ragazzi and Professoressa Yollis,

    White Corduroy Pants in the fifties at Vancouver High School.
    Of course they got dirty every day and could only be worn once so my mother said if I wanted to wear them I could learn how to wash and iron them. I did learn and to this day can still do my own laundry.

    A Presto

  22. Dear Mrs Yollis and Class,
    For those that don't know Shrinky Dinks. They were little clear plastic shapes you would color and then put in the oven and they shrink down to a small size. We would then wear them as necklaces or put on a keychain.
    The fashion fads I remember as a kid is wearing painter pants, which were jeans with pockets all over them and The knee high striped toe socks worn with track shorts.

    @ Mrs. R,
    Believe it or not the Creepy Crawlers are still around! My son Ben received them as a birthday gift and loves them.
    Ben's Mom

  23. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s class. I remember the fad we had in high school. We would have to tuck in our shirts but we would just tuck in the front part and leave out the back because it was comfortable. One thing that is popular right now is wearing clothes a size to big. As a athlete we also liked wearing Nike everything such as Under Armour is for the kids now. The book seemed like a great one to read for my nephews.

  24. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    This is a great question for your
    blogging buddies.I was a child in the 50's and can relate to all these memories.
    My most treasured fad, in fashion, was my Poodle Skirt.The skirt was emblazoned with a standard sized poodle, sporting a decorative collar and leash.The finishing touch on this ensemble were Bobby Socks and Saddle Shoes.Pop Beads were the jewelry of choice.
    I look forward to reading more comments.
    Are there any fads that have been great enough to return?
    Thanks for the memories,
    Grandma Grace

  25. Floris ScarboroughApril 15, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Hi, I am a student at university learning to become a teacher. I love your blog, its a wonderful way to share ideas with people outside of your classroom.
    Most of my primary years were during the 90's. There were many different fads when I was younger, some of these are:
    -GAK: Its a sticky, gooey playdough like substance that feels very slimey
    -We also had littlest petshop but it look also different back then.
    - We also use a large loop of string to make patterns with our hands. This could be done in pairs or by yourself.

    F. Scarborough

  26. Marsha (Hannah's mom)April 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    The one fad I remember from the eighties is humongous earrings! The hoops and the chandelier ones that weighed about a pound each! You know the ones that felt more like torture devices than earrings!

    How my ear lobes stayed intact after years of being stretched to their limit is a mystery to me!


  27. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think the hard-boiled egg fad is a funny one especially because Ramona is not a rapper, but she is a whacker!

    Fads I remember from last year are silly bands, and Kooky pens. I had lots of both! I remember so many kids wearing silly bands, and so many with Kooky pens on their backpacks!

    Fads for girls this year are Bling String and feathers for the hair. I am always seeing girls with them on, and I wear them too! I think this year's fads for girls are great!

    Your student,

  28. Hello, Students in Mrs. Yollis's Class! I must be about the same age as Vgridley, because I, too, remember buying, saving and trading little cards with pictures on them. We called them "trading cards". The key was to get many different cards in various "sets", like "dogs" or "cars" or "birds" or just about anything. There were thousands of different kinds of trading cards available in the '50's and '60's, and my friends and I would spend lots of time looking at each others' cards and trading them.

    One fad that I haven't read about from your other commenters is the leisure suit. Picture a matching jacket and pair of slacks in 100% polyester. I hate to admit it now, but I owned one of these suits in graduate school in Florida in the 1970's. Although I must have looked like a cross between Dr. Spock and Mao Zedong, I thought it was very cool.

    Those are the two fads I remember best--one from my childhood and one from my early adulthood. Hmm...I wonder if I'm enjoying a fad right now but don't know it yet. Perhaps I won't know until I look back at myself many years from now. Do you think there is a way to recognize a fad while you're still in the middle of it? Have fun!

  29. Lori (Alexa's mom)April 15, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    Alexa and I read 'Ramona, Age 8' together earlier this year, and loved the story. It is quite humorous, and an interesting read for third graders.

    I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I attended high school in the 1980's and remember wearing my hair teased up very high. The fad was known as "big hair" with a lot of hairspray. We also wore a lot of bangle bracelets, big and heavy earings, and heavy makeup -especially black eyeliner.

    I remember collecting mood rings, and when I was younger in elementary school, Cabbage Patch Dolls were the big "must have." I remember my mother telling me how she stood in line at Toys R' Us at 5:00 a.m. waiting for the store to open at 9:00 a.m. so she could buy me a Cabbage Patch Doll for the holidays. They sold out of the stores in minutes. I had three of those dolls and they meant so much to me that I saved them all these years. My daughters (Alexa included) have each enjoyed playing with my childhood Cabbage Patch dolls.

    I hope all have a wonderful spring break. Enjoy the holidays and time off from school!

    Lori (Alexa's mom)

  30. Dear Mrs Yollis and Grade 3
    I remember some of the fads that others have mentioned - playing elastics and hula hoop.
    Another fad when I was young was knuckle bones. We used plastic or metal knuckle bones, although some people used real sheep's knuckle bones, or we could just use stones.
    We would throw them in the air and try to catch 1, then 2, then 3, up to 5, on the back of our hand. There were also other variations where we would scoop them up off the ground.

    When I first travelled to Europe in 1985 the fad was Swatch watches, and KitKat and Toblerone chocolate bars.

    When my girls were younger the fad was Furby toys.

    Fads are fun!
    from Mrs M♔Kenzie

  31. When I was young, about 12, my friends and I lived here in Calabasas! We would take a bus from El Camino Shopping Center to Topanga and Ventura. Than we would take another bus from Topanga to Canoga Park. We took the bus so we can go shopping for used cloths at thrift Shops. It was cool, if you were brave enough, to wear clothing from the fifties, and the look was Rockabilly. Based from the music of the Stray Cats, my friends and I followed the fad, after Rockabilly, we went into Mod and Ska.We liked music so our fads followed what was cool in music.
    My mom used to take pictures of me saying I would never believe it when I grew up. Now I am a grown up and I think 'self expression through fashion' can be a neat way to express who you are.
    Thanks for this blog opportunity. I loved going down Memory Lane.

    Whitney Schwartz

  32. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    When I was young, the fad that I was into was collecting and exchanging baseball cards. Until now, I have over 50,000 baseball cards...I guess I am still into the fad!

    (Kristen's dad)

  33. Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I am one of Dr. Strange's EDM310 students. I remember when I was growing up the fad was slap-bracelets. They were these plastic bans covered in all kinds of patterns and when you hit them against your wrist they would wrap around. I had probably ten of them.

    Mrs. Yollis, I wanted to thank you for your wonderful explanation on HTML. I have had a hard time getting my hyperlinks to work and seeing an example with an explanation really helped. I also never could figure out how people were making the fun shapes till I saw your codes. Thank you so much for sharing.

    I have enjoyed reading and exploring your blog. It has given me some really great ideas for my future class blog.

    My blog is:

    Miranda T.

  34. Hello Mrs. Yollis and class,

    My name is Ashleigh Skelton. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Strange has been talking about you all semester long. So when I saw that it was time to write on your class blog I was a little afraid. So here goes nothing. I remember when I was growing up the cool thing that everyone had to have were Birkenstocks. If you don’t know what Birkenstocks are they are slip on shoes that are really amazing? But just a little price, but still everyone had a pair.

    Mrs. Yollis, you are such and amazing teacher and your students are so lucky to have you as a teacher. Your explanation on the HTML was extremely helpful. I have really enjoyed reading your class blog. You have so many great ideas that I can not wait to use in my future class.

  35. Hello Mrs. Yollis and class!

    My name is Alexa Howie and I'm a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I have really enjoyed reading your blog so far! I especially love how interactive it is. You really make your audience of readers involved in your interesting post.
    I remember reading Ramona Quimby. Growing up, Beverly Clearly was one of my favorite authors. We even read a few of her books as a class. I really love to read, so I got really excited when my class read a book together. When I was growing up, one of the biggest fads was Pokemon. The kids in my school would collect the Pokemon cards, figurines, and games. After a few years, it's popularity seemed to drop down at my school. It's very interesting that it has become popular again. A few fads or trends seem to do that. Wouldn't it be funny if the fad in the chapter you just read became popular again? I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

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  37. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Wow! What a wonderful post about Fabulous Fads!

    The fad that is most popular here in our city are feathers that girls wear in their hair; that is a big fad. In fact, I am wearing two feathers in my hair right now.

    My mom told me that in the olden days, Cabbage Patch dolls were a big fad. That was a long time ago when my mom was about my age.

    My mom and I read Ramona Quimby, Age 8. In fact, I took a Reading Counts test on it, and I passed. I thought the funniest part of the book was when Ramona cracked the egg on her head and all of the slime came down her face.


    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  38. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I love to read the Beverly Cleary books. They are so entertaining to read. I absolutely think that Ramona is completely fabulous. She is so funny when she doesn't even know it. I am reading "Ramona and her Father" right now and I enjoy it a lot.

    I know of a couple of fads off the top of my head. One of them is silly bands. I know a couple of people already mentioned those, but they were so popular in the beginning of the year. Now I don't see as many kids wearing them. Another fad was lockets. I know that girls would put lockets on their backpacks, and they would put their friend's picture inside them. There again I don't see as much of that any more.

    I enjoy the post about fads because it is really interesting to see all different kinds of fads from all over the world.

    What is your favorite fad to learn about?



  39. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    What a great post about fads! A fad from our school always happens when we eat lunch. The cafeteria serves apples every day, and kids love to snack on them, since the apples cost nothing. Once one person is eating an apple, everyone wants to eat one!

    Another fad is when a student says something at the exact same time, you want to try to say "jinx", first. The person that said "jinx" second, is not allowed to talk, until someone says his/her name.

    Have you ever heard of these fads?
    What do you think of them?

  40. Dear Mrs. Yollis' class,

    Like Alexa's mom, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I can remember so many fads from Elementary School, that it's hard to narrow it down to just a few. One thing I remember doing every day at recess was playing double dutch. Double dutch is a form of jump rope where you turn two ropes instead of one. We used to turn those ropes so fast, it was amazing any of us were actually able to jump in it.
    Another fad I can remember was collecting stickers. Each of my friends had special binders with stickers inside. Some of them were fancy with sparkles or fur and some were of our favorite characters, Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Dolls, or Barbie. I can just imagine smelling Strawberry Shortcake's scratch and sniff sticker right now!

    Since I have four boys and little experience with current girl fads, I wonder if any of the girls in Mrs. Yollis' class collect stickers.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

    (Tucker's mom)

  41. Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I too can remember collecting and trading baseball cards. I still have my collection today that Tucker has been enjoying.

    It's fun to think back to Middle School, where I met Tucker's mom. I can remember wearing acid wash jeans and seeing my wife with very high, teased hair.

    In High School, it was a popular fad for us to wear our letterman's jackets. You could see the entire football team in their jackets on a daily basis.
    Hair bands, like Poison N Guns and Roses, were popular too. We would listen to their music way too loud while we were at practice.

    Tucker Sr.
    (Tucker's dad)

  42. Dear Mrs Yollis and class

    I am a retired teacher librarian in Burnie Tasmania (a small state of Australia)and I remember sharing all the Ramona stories with students at our school many many years ago. We loved them all and I am thrilled to know that these stories are still being enjoyed. We also loved the Henry Huggins stories by Beverly Cleary as well. These are stories that children can still relate to.
    From Mrs Paine

  43. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class Bloggers,

    I remember when we read that book, Mrs. Yollis gave us all pink erasers! Some series that are for readers who want hard books are The Hunger Games Series and The Series of Unfortunate Events.

    former blogger and 5th grader

  44. Hello Mrs Yollis and Class,
    What a great question! In our class at the moment, the fad is for Moshi Monsters, and a lot of the children have trade cards which they are collecting. They love Moshlings! When I was at school (in the 70s and 80s) there was a craze for scented erasers and we used to swap and trade those.
    Wearing tartan in homage to the Bay City Rollers was a fad my mother refused to let me take part in!
    From Mrs M and Class 2 @ Middleham


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