Most people think pumpkins are for carving, painting or making pies, but teachers at Ann MacArthur Primary School think pumpkins are perfect for Halloween math lessons.

Students in each of the school’s second-grade classes were split into groups and given pumpkins of varying sizes. Using the skills they learned in recent math lessons, they worked together to measure the fruit’s circumference, height and weight. They also predicted how many seeds they would find inside each pumpkin.

Scooping the seeds out, their math skills came in handy as they counted by tens and hundreds to determine if their predictions were correct.

Second-grade teacher Amanda McCarthy said her students enjoyed the Halloween themed lesson. “The students are always so excited about Halloween. This pumpkin math lesson gave the children the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity that incorporates their love of Halloween and the skills they learned in our math unit.”