What's the Risk?

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To discover the risk and protective factors involved in substance addiction, learners play a game of chance to determine whether a fictitious child is likely or unlikely to abuse drugs. Learners then analyze the results along with genetic factors to assess the risk of addiction.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • Human Genetics
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Probability

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Russell, RevaBeth ; Malone, Molly ; Mitchell, April ; Nicholson, Brendon

Source Collection

  • Teach.Genetics


  • All rights reserved, University of Utah, 2005

Funding Source:

  • Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award (SEDAPA) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services