8th graders can learn geography in many ways, from online homeschool curriculum to seek and find map games. Geography is a subject that gets people moving. The study of populations, maps, topography, geography encompasses many things.
Integrating geography into other subjects such as history, science, literature, language arts, and even math can be very effective at helping the student make connections. These connections provide meaning for the student, and application of the knowledge to their future.
The most common part of geography study is map skills. The 8th grade student should be well versed in the location of the continents, many of the countries in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Students should also be able to point out the states and capitals of the United States.
Finding a curriculum that meets these standards, introduces population statistics, and also provides connections to other subjects will make a big difference in how this knowledge is applied to the student's future studies. Geography though often neglected is an invaluable subject.