Just a note to share what I learned about my question above:
However, you CAN link to quizports from lessons (see the "link to an activity" option in your lesson settings) SO LONG AS YOUR COURSE OPTIONS ALLOW STUDENTS TO SEE GRADEBOOK. (*I did not have this option turned on initially which is why I could find no way to link lessons and quizports together).
I was also able to hide the quizports so that the only way they can be accessed is by clicking on the link in my lesson after successfully completing it. See here for Tim Hunt's clever trick on accessing activities even when they are hidden in Moodle 1.9