WVCCRS for Wellness Education promote wellness concepts that build the foundation for health literacy and an appreciation for lifelong physical fitness.  Students will learn to adopt healthy behaviors.  This is a life-long process of enhancing the components of health education (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental), physical education (movement forms, motor skill development and fitness) and physical activity, an important factor in brain development and learning.  The WVCCRS for Wellness Education identify what students should know, understand, and be able to do in practicing skills and behaviors that apply to healthy lifestyles.  College- and career-readiness is supported in wellness education as students acquire and further develop self-responsibility, motivation, and excellence in learning as well as life-long commitment to wellness.

All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates content standards, learning skills, and technology.  Second grade health education standards actively engage students in practicing and developing basic health behaviors and skills.

Health Education


Identify foods in each food group.


Explain the importance of good dental care and demonstrate good dental hygiene.


Discuss how community agencies work to prevent and control diseases.


Describe how immunizations and medicines help fight disease.


Explore basic first aid.


Demonstrate when and how to use 9-1-1 emergency services.


Identify symptoms of poisoning and how to get help.


Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate safety skills and equipment for recreational activities.


Describe behaviors and habits which may be dangerous at home, on the playground, or in the community.


Demonstrate proper food handling techniques (e.g., washing apples, washing hands, using clean utensils).


Describe the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.


Describe the importance of following directions for taking medicine and only taking medication under adult supervision.


Understand the influence digital and print media can have on health behavior.


Describe how to plan a healthy family meal.


Practice positive communication skills (e.g., healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings).


Demonstrate how to respond appropriately when being touched in an uncomfortable manner.


Discuss possible risky situations in various environments.


Identify situations resulting in hurt feelings and demonstrate appropriate coping skills.

  • In accordance with WV Code §18-2-7(a) in grades K-5, not less than 30 minutes of physical education, including physical exercise and age appropriate physical activities, for not less than three days a week shall be provided.  Schools that do not currently have the number of certified physical education teachers or required physical setting may develop alternate programs to enable current staff and physical settings to be used to meet this requirement.  Alternate programs shall be submitted to the WVDE for approval.
  • In accordance with Policy 2510 at least 50 percent of class time for physical education will be spent in moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity.
  • In accordance with WV Code §18-2-7(a), the FitnessGram® shall be administered to all students in grades four through eight and the required high school course.

All West Virginia teachers are responsible for classroom instruction that integrates content standards, learning skills, and technology. Second grade physical education standards continue to build on the development of motor skills, movement concepts, and physical fitness from previous grades to enhance enjoyment and proficiency.

Physical Education


Combine locomotor skills with pathways (e.g., straight, zigzag, and curved) and levels (e.g., high, medium, and low).


Practice chasing, fleeing, and evading in a variety of physical activities.


Combine balance, transfer of weight, and rolling movements in a repeatable sequence (e.g., beginner gymnastics, animal movements, yoga).


Perform dance sequences to a variety of beats, tempos, and rhythms.


Demonstrate directional movements of forward, backward, sideways, up, down, left, and right.


Kick, throw, catch, and strike an object from a stationary position.


Identify and discuss the components associated with health-related fitness (e.g., cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition) and participate in activities to improve fitness.


Locate and discuss large muscle groups.


Follow rules, procedures, and safe practices individually and when in a group.


Participate in two physical activities that bring personal enjoyment during recess or outside of the school environment.