How do you make butter? All directions and tips are provided to guide you to success. The investigation, STEM Challenge, and further exploration ideas make discovering the properties of matter and butter memorable. Great for a Thanksgiving science activity. Students will be amazed at how easy it is to make butter.
Students will follow the scientific method to discover what cream makes the thickest butter. Students will learn that butter is easy to make. They will use their engineering skills to design a way to separate butter from the buttermilk. They can expand further to discover the science of whipped cream. Taste-testing optional, but fun.
By the end of the activities student’s can answer the question:
Does the amount of fat in cream affect the thickness of butter?
The journal meets the Next Generation Science Standards
Teachers will like its’ ease of use, simple materials, and background information. We will guide you step by step. Teachers will appreciate the connection to settlers and the history of why butter needed to be made. The further exploration ideas and STEM challenge will help teachers take butter making up a notch. We don’t just make butter we reveal the science of butter and milk. The hands-on journal and activities are written with kindergarten and first graders in mind. We also provide options for modifying supplies. By the end, the teachers will also become science butter experts.
This hands-on Investigation and Teacher guide includes:
Fat-Free Half and Half Cream (not much), Heavy Whipping Cream (not much), clean marbles, baby soda bottle test tubes or other containers, popsicle sticks, measuring cups, paper plates, timer, random STEM Supplies for the challenge, crackers or bread for tasting the butter.
The length of time for this investigation varies. If you only do the investigation it can be completed in 30-45 minutes. If you add on the STEM and Further explanation activities it can be a 3-5 day unit.
Great for the classroom, science fairs, STEM Fairs, science clubs, scout groups, center time, homeschoolers, and anyone wanting to learn the science of butter.
This investigation is part of a series. This is the K/1st grade investigation. 2nd/3rd and 4th/5th grade are also available. Each version is differentiated for abilities and the Next Generation Science Standards. K/1st grade tests with and without fat and includes a STEM challenge and further exploration ideas. 2nd/3rd grade increases the amount of fat to include 3 tests. 4th/5th grade also increases the amount of fat, increases to 3 trials, and expands on the expectations. Both grades include a further exploration and STEM challenge. I hope your students have a wonderful experience churning butter to learn about the properties of milk and matter.
All are available for a bundle discount.
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