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Compare and Order Peppers: Numbers to the Hundred Thousands Place

Amber Thomas
Grade Levels
3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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Are you teaching comparing and ordering numbers to the hundred thousands place? These math task cards will pique your students' interest by relating these numbers to chili peppers while providing practice with this place value concept.

You Will Get:

✅ 32 Task cards (4 levels of difficulty)

✅ 6 Sorting Mats for comparing numbers

✅ 4 links to Google Slide activities that can be used instead of the task cards version

✅ Teaching tips for direct instruction

About these peppers:

What do the numbers mean? Just as degrees measure temperature, inches measure length, and gallons measure liquid capacity, the heat of peppers are measured in units too! The unit for measuring the heat of pepper is a Scoville Heat Unit SHU. It is named after Wilbur Scoville, who developed this scale for measuring the heat of peppers. The numbers on each card represent the highest SHU for that variety. Varieties tend to have a range, so I picked the highest value to pique students’ interest.

Source: https://www.chilipeppermadness.com/frequently-asked-questions/the-scoville-scale/

About these cards:

These cards feature numbers at 4 skill levels: mild, medium, hot, and extreme heat.

✅ Mild: Numbers 0-9,999

✅ Medium: Numbers 10,000 to 99,999

✅ Hot: Numbers 100,000 to 999,999

✅ Extreme heat: Numbers 1,000,000 to 10,000,000

What skills can students practice with these cards?

✅ Comparing numbers at the 4 levels using the symbols: < > +=

✅ Comparing numbers at the 4 levels using the language: more than, less than, equal to

✅ Ordering 3 or more cards from least to greatest

✅ Ordering 3 or more cards from greatest to least

How to use these cards:

► To prepare, print on cardstock, cut, and laminate the cards if you choose. Or have students cut out the cards.

► Store in sandwich sized plastic zip bags.

► Put in a center for individuals, pairs, or groups.

► Model how to compare or order the numbers on the cards.

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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.


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