As the math teacher, you can be sure I was watching them closely today. The only thing I look at on their tests is the big session number at the top of the page, making sure they are in the right one. However, I could see that they were writing in the test books (hopefully doing the math!), checking to be sure they answered the questions, and seemingly focused during the 70 minute session. While I do have those students who are nowhere near third grade level I also have many that I know can score at grade level or above if they do their best.
I've tried to provide some fun experiences in the afternoon, since they work so hard in the morning. Today we did our tie-dye shirts! After showing them some possible ways to tie their shirts, they worked hard to get those rubber bands on. I brought them home and dyed them in my washer and here is what they look like now:
Tomorrow afternoon they will take off the rubber bands and see their designs -- it's the best part of the whole process! They get so excited over the "magic" of it all. I follow these amazing directions from Laura Candler, and highly recommend this if you want to do tie-dye with your class: