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States of Matter: Making Butter

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This podcast is part of the series: Science at School with Mrs. Weems, Science Queen


Caroline Weems


Benjamin Davis Elementary School

Decatur City Schools


The video shows the process of cream changing to butter. The process is compared to water balloons breaking when thrown. There are fat globules in cream which have a membrane around the globules. When the globules are churned and broken the fat, or butter, sticks together.

Length: 04:48

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (2)
1. Identify states of matter as solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Describing objects according to physical properties, including hardness, color, and flexibility
  • Describing changes between states of matter
  • Examples:
    solid to liquid—melting,
    gas to liquid—condensing,
    liquid to gas—evaporating,
    liquid to solid—freezing
  • Measuring quantities of solids and liquids
    SC (3)
    2. Identify physical and chemical changes of matter.
    physical—chopping wood,
    chemical—burning wood
    SC2015 (2)
    4. Provide evidence that some changes in matter caused by heating or cooling can be reversed (e.g., heating or freezing of water) and some changes are irreversible (e.g., baking a cake, boiling an egg).


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