Risk Continuum

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This activity is a whole-group kinesthetic demonstration that shows learners what it means to be in a "risk group" for developing heart disease based on family history and genetics. Learners line up to represent a continuum, ranging from those who are at most at risk for developing heart disease to those who are least at risk.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • Patterns of Heredity
      • Human Genetics
    • Human Body
      • Circulation
      • Health and Nutrition
      • Medicine
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
      • Probability

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Malone, Molly ; Pompei, Kevin ; Stark, Louisa ; Starr, Harmony ; Nicholson, Brendan

Source Collection

  • Teach.Genetics


  • All rights reserved, University of Utah, 2006

Funding Source:

  • Utah Department of Health Chronic Disease Genomics Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U58/CCU822802