Float or Sink? Discover the Science of the Dead Sea

Did you know that the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on earth?  It’s called the Dead Sea because it’s so salty that nothing can live in it.  In Hebrew it’s called Yam HaMelach or the Salt Sea. 

In this class, we’ll experiment with salt!  How salty does water need to be for different objects to float?  We’ll test it out!  We’ll also make our own salt scrub for our skin to feel like we just stepped out of the Dead Sea. 

Celebrate Israel's 75th birthday with this hands-on learning adventure!

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birthday-cake 8 - 12 year olds
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Supply List

A large bowl or container; coarse salt (kosher salt or sea salt); honey; olive oil; essential oil such as lavender, lemon, or peppermint (optional).
Objects to float such as a plastic ball, a pencil, a rock, a doll, a rubber duckie, a lemon, an orange, etc.


Pauline Rosenberg (she/her)
Pauline Rosenberg
Pauline loves teaching! She is a veteran Jewish educator who has worked in synagogue schools and day schools for almost 30years. She brings Jewish values into all that she teaches whether it is Hebrew language or the Holocaust. Pauline has worked with students of all ages, from toddlers to adults, working hard to build a strong connection with each student. For the past eighteen years, Pauline has also been a b’mitzvah tutor, working one-on-one with students as they prepare for their special day. Pauline has mentored new and experienced teachers; recently guiding them through the transition to zoom and hybrid classrooms. Pauline is also a skilled online educator, teaching English to students all over the world. The online classroom is a great place to bring in puppets and props! In 2011, Pauline received the Grinspoon-Steinhardt award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She currently lives in Rochester, New York.