We used two folders because we ended up needing extra space for all the great stuff we found. I bought colored folders at Big Lots for $2/package of ten. For this one, we used a red and a blue. We also used red, white and blue cardstock to make foldout pages. Above, you see two little booklets that were included in the Homeschool Share file. One covers vocabulary words like "poll" and "ballot" and other words kids are likely to be hearing. The other one has blanks for your child to figure out which election they get to vote in. We still need to finish the "Could I Be President" page-- I had to wait for the book to come in from the library. We will finish that tonight or tomorrow. (We got this page from the downloadable file from the D is for Democracy book I wrote about in my election unit post.)
This photo shows two short biographies we printed off of both McCain and Obama. You can see that the Obama page is folded down to reveal a worksheet about the electoral college that we also printed off the computer.
This is the electoral college results map the kids will be keeping track of tomorrow night, coloring in the results as they come in.
I love the little "donkey" and "elephant" matchbook fold books! Underneath, she wrote about the symbols and what they stood for. To the right, you can see a very simple summary we printed off about how a president is elected. To the left under the matchbooks, there is a sample ballot that we filled in for our state election information-- who is running for house and senate, etc. I don't know how much she learned-- but I learned a ton!
If you would like to try your hand at lapbooking, I encourage you to take the plunge-- and don't get stressed about it like I did. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to do once I got started. This video, this video, and this one helped a lot for learning the folds and also how to attach the foldout pieces. And again, I can't say enough for how nice it is to have Homeschool Share resources available for free! Finally, I have to give credit to Tammy Duby from Tobin's Lab, who invented the lapbook concept and has a great video and book on the subject that I also used quite a bit.