Multifactorial Inheritance

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In this biology activity (page 6 of the PDF), learners roll a die to create a simple model that teaches them about the factors contributing to heart disease. They learn that the disease progression depends on many factors, including genetics, nutrition, blood pressure, and whether or not the person smokes. Although this was created as a post-visit activity for a workshop about genetics, it also makes an excellent stand-alone activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 die
  • pencil
  • paper


  • Life Sciences
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • Patterns of Heredity
    • Human Body
      • Circulation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Student Workshops


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