The humming bird, like all birds, some more and some less, symbolizes freedom, but it also has another meaning: past and future are not as important as the present is, it's important to live now, sipping the nectar of life. The lotus flower.. is a symbol of Buddhism, perfection and letting go of things that weigh you down by only letting the blissfulness of the present fill your thoughts. "Carpe Diem".
This activity is going to be for third grade students who will need scaffolding regarding the synonym square but who will use resources to find the definition of words in the third grade using the internet or a physical dictionary. This template is a general outline of what students should be working on while reading texts and finding new words they don't understand. The template can be completed together with the teacher and used to assess where students are with their sentence writing.