D. responded rather literally to the 100 Languages poem by attempting to collect 100 individual objects and pieces of materials in a tray. He chose individual beads, markers, sheets of paper, buttons, sequins and popsicle sticks. In the preliminary building phase, he reached 81 materials.
D: Well I thought about the thing in the poem where it said the child is made of 100. So I’m getting 100 things to build myself. I only have 81.
K: Well it looks like it has 100 so why doesn’t it?
D: Because I counted it.
Together the two students collaborated to finish collecting the 100 items, and then they drew up a plan to try building someone out of 100 materials. The thought process behind this idea is especially rich and inspired: the idea being that language is something you are made of, not just something that you use.