Students will analyze the ecosystem by assuming roles of various plants and animals in the food chain. Students will use tableaux to dramatize their place in the food chain. After students share out their tableaux, they will write in-role as their plant/animal arguing why they are important to the ecosystem. Students will take their writing and step into a Role Drama where students will debate which plant or animal is most important to the ecosystem. Students in each group are placed on a Character Panel in role as their characters and the remaining students step into role as reporters to ask them questions. This will result in a class discussion that explores the interdependence that each plant and animal have on one another in the ecosystem.