Children screamed and cheered as pumpkins flew through the air, splattering on the playground upon impact.

Students at Griffin Elementary School spent the morning lobbing pumpkins in lieu of their normal classroom instruction for the school's annual Pumpkin Chunkin event.

Principal Brandon Chandler said the event, in its third year, is one of his students' favorite fall activities.

For first grader Axel Alverado, watching the pumpkins explode was the highlight of the day.

Teachers used the event to incorporate lessons for each grade. The first grade class learned about measurements, trajectory and predictive methods.

Students categorized their pumpkins by weight, distance travelled and whether they broke on impact.

The pumpkins are loaded into a makeshift slingshot and launched, after which students chase down the pieces and examine them. Chandler said he has had pumpkins fly more than 200 feet.

Once back in the classroom, students opened up the remaining intact pumpkins to learn more about the festive squash.

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