Make Solids, Liquids, and Gasses fun by Making Butter!

Some of my FAVORITE things come from Pinterest! One day, as I was looking around aimlessly, I ran into a post about making butter from {Cinnamon's Synonyms}. I thought, oh that's pretty cool, so I shared it to {Taking on Second's Facebook} page. I had SOOOO many comments about how easy it was and how much students had liked doing it! I decided to give it a try!
We started by talking about the states of matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gasses. 

We practiced seeing how gasses take up the space of the containers they are in by blowing up balloons of different sizes. 

Cassondra, my teaching partner from {Primary Scribbles} had been saving baby food jars. She found enough for both of our classes!
If you can't use baby food jars, it is just as easy to make a class size batch in a mason jar, or any clear container with a tight lid. The one with the white inside is salt. We thought it would taste a little better with a pinch of salt.

 I filled the jars about half way with heavy whipping cream from Wal-Mart.
We listened to how it sounded in the jars as we started to shake. Some of the jars started to leak a little, so we just put them inside a baggie. This completely took care of the issue! 
Then it was time to get serious...
We logged into {Go Noodle}, and Whipped and Neigh, Neighed that heavy whipping cream until it started to become solid! It took a lot of shaking, but we paused the video to listen to our jars every few minutes. 
Once we began to be able to see through the jar again, we shook the jars through the Cha-Cha Slide, to be sure they were done. The students noticed the change in sounds their jars made.  I had never done this before and was not sure what to expect! When we opened the jar, it looked..well just like butter!
I don't really like butter unless it is inside food or on my potato, so I didn't really try it. The kiddos took full responsibility for that! 
The ones who ate their bread and butter LOVED it! They said it was really good! I'm pretty sure this will become a yearly experiment before Thanksgiving Break!


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