Fifth-grade Birthday Science!

Adelyn DeGraw just finished making some ice cream.
Ethan Risenmay enjoys his science cupcake.
Albie Holt mixes her birthday science projects together.


Students in fifth-grade are learning about physical and chemical changes.  To test some different types of physical and chemical changes, student in Mrs. Litster's class made cake and ice cream in the classroom!  Each student had to follow directions and answer science questions to make the perfect cupcake and bag of ice cream.  As one student said "this is a very yummy science!" The activity was all the more sweet because it took place on October 1, Mrs. Litster's birthday!  

  • Want to make your own birthday science? 

Cake (makes 4-6 cupcakes) 

  • 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp oil.  add 1 Tbsp of your favoite treat (chocolate chips, mint chips, pudding or even nuts! 

Ice Cream (makes 1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup milk 1 drop real vanilla, 2 tsp sugar.  Seal in a qt ziplock bag.  Add 2 cups ice to a gallon bag adn 1/3 cup ice cream salt. Add your small bag and add 2 more cups of ice.  Wrap the large bag in newspaper and shake for 5 minutes.  Enjoy!