Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fabulous Fads!

Currently, Mrs. Yollis' third graders are reading

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 
by 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 where you live? 

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. Scott (Clare's Dad)May 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    My Fabulous Fad......
    When I was growing up when use to dream about becoming astronauts and going to the moon. We would eat "space food" in the form of chocolate flavored sticks wrapped in aluminum called Space Food Sticks and an orange flavored powder drink called Tang. We would sit out on the grass on warm summer nights and gaze up to the sky looking at the stars and moon hoping that one day we could fly up there. It was so peaceful yet very exciting at the same time!

    To the moon and beyond.

    Scott (Clare's Dad)

  2. Mrs. Nelson teacher gr 2May 30, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    The BIG fad was clackers.

  3. Great book choice, Mrs. Yollis's class! The Ramona (and Beezus) stories were some of my favorites growing up. When I was in elementary school, one lunchtime fad was packing a special juice drink called a "Squeeze-it." The plastic bottles had little twist off tops, and then you would squeeze the bottle to get the drink out. Eventually my elementary school had to ban Squeeze-its, because all the kids were littering the tiny plastic twist off tops on the playground!

    In my 5th Grade classroom, a big fad is, believe it or not, hand sanitizer! My students love to clip travel size, fruity smelling hand sanitizers to their binders and trade different smells with each other!

    Are there any fads in YOUR classroom?

    Jenny Kirsch (Mrs. Yollis's friend from New York)

  4. Jill (Clare's mom)June 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    A fabulous fad when I was young was the Pet Rock. It was just a rock that came in a box with air holes and straw on the bottom. I knew I couldn't have a real pet so I thought this would be the perfect substitute! I remember wanting that pet rock so badly! However, other than the smooth texture there was really nothing special about the rock. In fact it was really disappointing after about 10 minutes. I drew a face on mine to give it a little life and even then it was just a rock. I have no idea what happened to it - but the good news is I know it didn't miss me!
    Jill (Clare's mom)


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